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A return to Guadeloupe: Tropical life, French-style

The pink-tinged sky was darkening, and the air was warm and humid when my husband, Bruce, and I landed last February in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, the French Caribbean island. The shops and cafes in the airport were closing, but I could detect from their bright exteriors – decorated in an exuberant scarlet, yellow and chartreuse madras plaid pattern – a joie de vivre.

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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.

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Just north of San Francisco, the chill is in the attitude, not the air

Last winter, after a family holiday, my wife and I were returning home through San Francisco and decided to take two days outside the city to de-stress. Our mini-vacation got off to a rocky start: Two hours in, we were still downtown waiting in line with everyone else renting a car that morning. By noon, though, we were cruising over the Golden Gate Bridge on the winding road to Stinson Beach.

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The world’s 10 best places to retire, based on weather, cost of living, culture

Whether you’re just three years into your post-grad life or nearing 59.5 years (the age when you can start withdrawing 401(k) savings without penalties), you may be fantasizing about where you'll retire. Sure, you’ve heard of Florida, but there are retirement-worthy spots throughout the world that deliver much more than Boca Raton. We’ve rounded up places around the globe that have pleasant year-round weather, affordable living costs and are situated near cultural sites, which could combat boredom. Many also have large expat communities that may take the edge off the initial culture shock and help travelers acclimate. Take a look at our top 10 picks, which also happen to make excellent vacations.

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Winter driving tips for motorists heading to higher elevations

Public Information Officer Liza Whitmore interviews Donner Pass Maintenance Superintendent Dave Wood who shares important tips for motorists heading to higher elevations this winter.
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Winter driving tips for motorists heading to higher elevations 2:10

Winter driving tips for motorists heading to higher elevations

Traveling with your small pet at the Boise Airport 0:59

Traveling with your small pet at the Boise Airport

Steam train rolls in at Utah's Golden Spike historic site 1:33

Steam train rolls in at Utah's Golden Spike historic site

Edwards Greenhouse pops a little color into winter 1:30

Edwards Greenhouse pops a little color into winter