U.S. Braces for Winter Wallop; Co-Stars Send Off 'Uncle Phil'

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Much of U.S. Braces for Severe Weather
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PHOTO: A city snow plow clears drifts of snow along Kasold Drive in Lawrence, Kan., Jan. 1, 2014.
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A deep freeze is settling across much of the nation, and if that weren't bad enough it comes with a heck of a lot of snow.

Already, the Chicagoland area has been walloped with more than a foot of snow and it's still coming down. Much of the East Coast, including New York City will soon be under a winter weather watch, as a storm system moves eastward from the Midwest. Long Island is preparing for a blizzard, and temperatures in the Upper Midwest could drop as low as 50 degrees below zero in the coming days.

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Tributes Pour in for 'Uncle Phil'
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PHOTO: James Avery during at the Best Friends Animal Societys Annual Fundraiser in Culver City, Calif. on Sept. 14, 2006.
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The actors that knew James Avery, who played Philip Banks on the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" for six years are celebrating their costar who died Wednesday following complications from open heart surgery.

"The world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed," Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery's son on the 1990's sitcom, wrote on Facebook.

"James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor," tweeted Tatyana Ali, who played Avery's daughter Ashley on the show.

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Eve Finds her Adam
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PHOTO: Maximillion Cooper and Eve at the start of the Gumball 3000 Rally, May 7, 2010, in London.
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The rapper Eve announced her engagement to fashion designer and racing enthusiast Maximillion Cooper.

Cooper, founder of the Gumball 3000 motor rally reportedly proposed on Christmas Day, but Eve confirmed the engagement on New Year's Day in a tweet.

"Thanku 2 everybody 4 your congratulations on our engagement!" she tweeted. "We wanted to celebrate with our family and friends 1st b4 announcing."

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114th Mummer's Parade
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PHOTO: Mummers strut ahead of the annual New Years Day parade on  Jan. 1, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pa.
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For its 114th year, Philadelphia rang in the new year with its Mummer's Parade, believed to be the oldest continuously celebrated folk festival in the United States.

Thousands lined the city's streets to watch colorfully dressed bands perform elaborate choreography.

The tradition is believed to have its roots in European and African traditions.

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