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Mayor: State should follow NYC on soda rule

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spearheaded a first-of-its-kind crackdown on supersized, sugary drinks - and now he'd like the whole state to do likewise.

Starting next month, the city plans to bar restaurants and many other eateries from selling some sugar-laden beverages in more than 16-ounce portions.

Bloomberg said Monday "the state should do exactly the same thing in stores."

Grocery stores are exempt because they're regulated by the state, not the city. But spokesman Marc LaVorgna said later Bloomberg wasn't suggesting the state should impose the size limit in stores.

LaVorgna says Bloomberg just meant the rest of the state should adopt the city's policy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office had no immediate comment.

The city says the limit will curb obesity. Critics say it hurts business.

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