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Customers at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ call cheers with 24-ounce, left, and 16-ounce beverages, in New York. New York City’s groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks has been struck down by a judge shortly before it was set to take effect. The restriction was supposed to start Tuesday and would have prohibited selling non-diet soda and some other sugary beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces.

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Judge strikes down NYC sugary-drinks size rule

A judge struck down New York City’s pioneering ban on big, sugary drinks Monday just hours before it was supposed to take effect, handing a defeat to health-minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg and creating confusion for restaurants that had already ordered smaller cups and changed their menus.

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