Judge blocks NYC ban on large-size sodas Chaplain to get Medal of Honor Ex-Detroit mayor convicted, jailed
NEW YORK -- New York City's ban on large-size soda drinks won't take effect today after a state judge blocked the plan following a challenge from industry groups.
The city's Board of Health in September approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to limit the size of sugary soft drinks sold in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas to no more than 16 ounces (473 milliliters) a cup. In October, groups representing beverage makers, restaurants and theaters filed a petition in state court, seeking to block the measure. They called the ban "unprecedented interference" with consumer choice.
New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling in Manhattan approved the group's request, issuing a permanent injunction preventing the city from implementing the plan. The city said it will appeal the ruling.
The city has argued that it's trying to stem an epidemic of obesity driven by consumption of sugary beverages, which is rising because food establishments sell ever-larger portions. Under the city's rule, people could still buy as many of the smaller drinks as they want and get refills.
WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama will award a posthumous Medal of Honor to a Korean War Army chaplain credited with ministering and providing medical assistance to fellow soldiers under heavy fire during combat operations at Unsan, Korea.
The award ceremony for Capt. Emil J. Kapaun is scheduled for April 11. Members of Kapaun's family will attend.
The White House says Kapaun, a Roman Catholic priest from Kansas, exhibited "extraordinary heroism" while serving with the 3d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during a battle with communist forces in 1950. Kapaun stayed behind to help the wounded even though he knew he would be captured.
Kapaun died at the prisoner of war camp hospital seven months after he was captured by the Chinese in 1950.
DETROIT -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted Monday of corruption charges and then sent to jail to await his prison sentence in yet another dramatic setback for a man who once was among the nation's youngest big-city leaders.
Jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a raft of crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years behind bars. He was portrayed during a five-month trial as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts.