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CES 2017 innovation awards: Hottest tech coming this year

CES 2017 showed off the latest and hottest tech toys, smart phones and high-definition televisions in the business - as well as new products never before seen. The 2017 innovation awards, described by the Consumer Electronics Show as "honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products," highlight the top tech in various fields, which are voted on by a three-member team of industry members. Here are 31 items that won an innovation award for the 2017 show and may find there way into your home this year.

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Paisley Park vs. Graceland: How do these royal museums compare?

Graceland and Paisley Park. They're as different as Memphis and Minneapolis, as rock and funk, as the 6-foot King and the 5-foot-2 Prince. Elvis had his stud-decorated jumpsuits, an endless supply of silk scarves and a big necklace with his lightning "TCB" (taking care of business) logo. Prince had his colorful custom-designed outfits, an endless collection of shoes with 4-inch heels and a big necklace with his unpronounceable glyph.

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Reno: Biggest little city is growing up

Hunched on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, Reno has long suffered a reputation as a poor man's Las Vegas with snow. Its casinos are more modest than the flashing palaces on the Strip, and even its motto - "The Biggest Little City in the World" - feels strangely self-deprecating.

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Space center's Heroes & Legends exhibit is an inspiration to all

The passing of the iconic John Glenn - astronaut, senator and American hero - served as a reminder to us all of who and what's truly admirable in life. Mind-numbing apps, mediocre professional athletes who make headlines for all the wrong reasons, C-list television personalities famous for reasons no one really knows . . . these are the kinds of people who have been influencing our children (and let's face it - many adults as well). But we're in a position to change all that, to instill the values we hold dear.

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Mendocino: Foodie adventures in charming Boonville

There are hidden California treasures nestled in Mendocino's Anderson Valley, where vineyards unfurl along the hillsides and the tiny town of Boonville offers a foodie paradise. Culinary inspiration is contagious in this hamlet, where everyone knows everyone, and we weekenders can dabble in all the deliciousness.

Local

It took mere seconds for his boat to sink in shark-filled waters

Adam Wiseman was fishing with his friend, Troy Cooper, in the Atlantic Ocean near the North Santee Bay on Saturday morning when an ice box caused his boat’s weight to shift. The boat flipped. And within seconds, Wiseman was in the water along with a school of hungry sharks and the 300 pounds of jellyfish they had on board their craft before it capsized. But, luckily, The Captain Andrew and its crew were nearby when the boat sank. The crew rushed to their aid, saving not only Wiseman and Cooper, but also Wiseman’s boat.

State

Why water rescues are up along the Grand Strand

So far this summer, in Myrtle Beach there have been at least three ocean drownings, not counting two missing boys. The ocean, the Grand Strand’s economic motor and most impressive natural resource, has proven deadly. Officials say more and more visitors each year has been adding up to more water rescues during a summer that’s been plagued by rip currents and stronger longshore currents.

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5 tips for smooth summer travel

Take these five steps for a smooth airport experience, from TSA. Video courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration
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5 tips for smooth summer travel

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A'ja Wilson returns for the Gamecocks

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Dawn Staley talks win over Ole Miss, next game vs. Mississippi State

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Youthful Swansea squad enjoying No. 1 ranking, unbeaten start