By JENNIFER PELTZ
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City lawyer says a limit on the size of sugary drinks is reasonable and necessary because of an obesity epidemic.
Health Department lawyer Thomas Merrill also says the health board had the authority to enact the measure.
Merrill made the remarks Wednesday in a Manhattan court.
An industry lawyer calls the limit an "extraordinary infringement" on consumer choice. James Brandt represents the American Beverage Association and other opponents.
The NAACP's New York state branch and the Hispanic Federation also want to stop the rule from taking effect March 12.
They say it will harm minority businesses and "freedom of choice in low-income communities."
The measure bars restaurants and many other eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in containers bigger than 16 ounces.
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A car crashed into a building on 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street in the East Village on Wednesday morning. At least eight people were injured, three in serious condition, according to FDNY officials.
A car jumped the curb on 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street in the East Village on Wednesday morning injuring eight people. Witnesses say the Nissan was traveling at a high speed before it took out the store front, trees, bicycles, a light post and a fire hydrant.
Riders should anticipate some changes but "near normal" service on the Long Island Rail Road for the morning rush. Crews have been working to repair tracks and switches after Monday's derailment.