Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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NEW YORK BANS BIG SUGARY DRINKS

NEW YORK -- New York City's Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity today, passing a rule banning sales of big soda pops and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries.

The regulation, which was proposed in the spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved by panel of health experts after several months of review, puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.

The ban will apply in fast-food joints, movie houses and Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias, and other places selling prepared food.

It doesn't cover beverages sold in supermarkets or most convenience stores.

ABC SUED OVER PINK SLIME REPORT

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Beef Products Inc. filed a defamation lawsuit today against ABC News for its coverage of a meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," alleging that the network misled consumers to believe the product is unhealthy and unsafe.

The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product officially known as lean, finely textured beef, said Dan Webb, BPI's Chicago-based attorney. The lawsuit filed in a South Dakota state court also accuses ABC News of improper interference with the relationships between BPI and its customers.

"It caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all -- that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat," Mr. Webb said before the company's official announcement.

ABC News, owned by The Walt Disney Co., denied BPI's claims.

GASOLINE DRIVES UP WHOLESALE PRICES

WASHINGTON -- A sharp rise in gasoline costs drove up wholesale prices last month by the most in more than three years. But outside energy and food, price gains were mild.

The producer price index jumped 1.7 percent in August, the Labor Department said today. The increase was mostly because gas prices soared 13.6 percent, the biggest gain in three years.

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