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      Health group sues McDonald's over Happy Meal toys

      PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A California mother and The Center for Science in the Public Interest have sued McDonald's Corp. trying to get the fast-food chain to stop using toys to market meals to young children.

      The lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco on Wednesday morning.

      They claim McDonald's decision to markets its meals directly to young children violates several consumer protection laws because it exploits a child's vulnerability.

      McDonald's is facing increased scrutiny for the practice. San Francisco recently became the first city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toys with children's meals that don't meet nutritional guidlines. A similiar ordinance was passed in Santa Clara County.

      (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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