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Denver area covered by heavy wet snow

DENVER (AP) -- A spring snowstorm that whipped though Colorado left the state a slushy mess Wednesday, with thousands stuck at Denver's airport or left without power or schools.

The snowstorm was no surprise for Colorado residents; March is the state's snowiest month. But the storm that piled about 9 inches of mushy snow in Denver -- and up to 23 inches in Denver's western suburbs -- shut down business for many. Dozens of school systems canceled classes, and state lawmakers in Denver declared a snow day and shuttered the House and Senate.

At Denver International Airport, hundreds of flights were grounded.

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Three deaths prompt recall of baby slings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 1 million baby slings made by Infantino were recalled Wednesday after claims linking them to three infant deaths.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said babies could suffocate in the soft fabric slings.

The agency urged parents to immediately stop using the slings for babies under 4 months.

The recall involves 1 million Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" slings in the United States and 15,000 in Canada.

Earlier this month, the commission issued a broad warning about sling-style baby carriers, saying they pose a potential suffocation risk to infants, especially babies under 4 months. Babies who had a low birth weight, were born prematurely or had breathing problems such as colds were also at risk.

At the time, the commission did not single out a specific type of sling or manufacturer. It said it had identified or was investigating at least 14 deaths in the last 20 years associated with baby slings.

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Mother of octuplets accepts PETA deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Just because Nadya Suleman is the mother of octuplets doesn't mean she wants your dog or cat to become one, too.

Her lawyer said Wednesday that Suleman, who is fighting to keep her house from foreclosure, has agreed to allow People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to put a sign on her front yard proclaiming, "Don't Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter."

PETA says it offered Suleman $5,000 and a month's supply of veggie burgers and hot dogs in exchange for placing the sign in front of her house in La Habra.

Jeff Czech, Suleman's lawyer, said his client has accepted the offer.

Czech also said he was negotiating on refinancing a $450,000 balloon payment on her home that was due two weeks ago.

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'Baby killer' shouter vows to press fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who apologized to a fellow House member for shouting "baby killer" during debate on the health care bill, now is running a campaign ad vowing to continue speaking out against abortion.

"You know what, I am never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn," the Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, says in the 80-second video posted on his campaign Web site.

"I will continue to speak with the same passion that I spoke last night, maybe in a little bit different forum, but still with the same intensity," he says. The video runs above the box "donate today."

During the often-raucous debate leading up to passage of the health care overhaul bill Sunday night, Neugebauer, yelled out "baby killer" while Rep. Bart Stupak, an anti-abortion Democrat from Michigan, was speaking.

Just hours before the vote, Stupak reached an agreement with the White House that secured Stupak's vote for the bill.

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