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Mr. Obama says in a statement that the court’s decision also makes clear that the government “should not intrude on private family matters.”

The president says he’s committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and “this fundamental constitutional right.”


No simple explanation in academy crime data

DENVER — Nine years after a sexual assault scandal shook the Air Force Academy, the Defense Department announced a spike in newly reported assaults at the school.

But experts and school officials say it’s not clear if that means sex crimes are on the rise. It could also reflect the academy’s years long efforts to encourage cadets to report any kind of unwanted sexual contact.

The military said in December the number of sexual assaults at the academy outside Colorado Springs rose to 33 in the 2010-11 school year, up from 20 the previous year.

Days later, the academy announced that three cadets face sex-crime charges in unrelated incidents.

The academy has been working to reduce the number of assaults and encourage victims to report them since the sex-assault scandal in 2003.


Health overhaul lags with unfinalized plans

Here’s a reality check for President Obama’s health overhaul: An Associated Press analysis shows that 3 in 4 uninsured Americans live in states that haven’t finalized a plan for affordable medical care.

This year will make or break the health overhaul. States were supposed to be partners, putting in place the biggest safety net expansion since Medicare and Medicaid.

But the analysis, combined with estimates from the nonpartisan Urban Institute, shows that states are moving in fits and starts.

The 13 states that have adopted a plan are home to only 1 in 4 of the uninsured.

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