THE BRONX - A state judge has halted the ban on oversized sugary drinks, just hours before it was set to take effect in New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's groundbreaking attempt to combat obesity by limiting consumption of sugar-laden drinks to no more than 16 ounces was set to take effect tomorrow.

The controversial law would have applied to most delis, restaurants and movie theaters, but most supermarkets and convenience stores would have been exempt.