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Archive - Apr 16, 2012 - Article (News Story)

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US prepares for last major Afghan offensive

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- For Taliban militants and U.S. strategists alike, all roads in this impoverished country of mountain passes, arid deserts and nearly impassable goat tracks lead to this ancient capital of 3 million people nestled in a high and narrow valley.



As ice cap melts, militaries vie for Arctic edge

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) -- To the world's military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over. They are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources, long-dreamed-of sea lanes and a slew of potential conflicts.

By Arctic standards, the region is already buzzing with military activity, and experts believe that will increase significantly in the years ahead.



Beyond drowsy, too little sleep ups diabetes risk

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More people pull the night shift. Teens text past midnight and stumble to class at dawn. Travelers pack red-eye flights.

Nodding off behind the wheel isn't the only threat from a lack of shut-eye. There's growing evidence that people who regularly sleep too little and at the wrong time suffer long-lasting consequences that a nap won't cure: An increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.



Haleck family petitions fed court for DOI secretary to intercede in Naumati land dispute

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The Haleck family’s legal battle with the American Samoa Government over its plans to develop more than 20 acres of Naumati property at the Ottoville Low Rain Forest has landed in federal court in Washington D.C. with a complaint filed against Kenneth L. Salazar, in his capacity as U.S. Interior Department secretary, who has official jurisdiction over the territory.



Court Report

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ALLEGED ATTACKER TURNS HIMSELF IN

Sitau Ofoia Jr turned himself into police on allegations that he hit his brother-in-law with his vehicle and allegedly struck him with a cricket bat several times, two weekends ago.

Police had been searching for the accused since the incident, which ended when Ofoia walked into the Central Police Station last Friday.

Ofoia will make his initial appearance in the District Court today. He is being held on bail of $100,000 and is facing assault charges.



Pacific in Union officially launched in Samoa.

A crowd of close to 300 students, teachers and members of the public turned up in support of launching Pacific in Union Program in Samoa last week. Most people asked for a hand shake, autographs and to hear them talk about health and to get good education.

Samoa’s Prime Minster, Hon Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also Chairman of Samoa Rugby Union, delivered the keynote address during which he thanked AusAid for funding the program.



Sofias name new Miss

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The Society of Fafafine’s in American Samoa (SOFIAS) presented its 29th Beauty Pageant, with this year’s theme ‘Exotic By Nature,’ that saw the 2011-2012 winner Miss Trina Tui pass her crown to the new MISS SOFIA, Miss Tepatasi Vaina.



CANCELLED FLIGHT : PAGO BOUND PASSENGERS WILL MISS SOME FLAG DAY ACTIVITIES

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Hawaiian Air cancelled its flight last night, Sunday, much to the dismay of irate passengers, who were advised to retrieve their luggage, at around 9 p.m. In a memo to its passengers and customers, Hawaiian Air said that the flight “returned to Honolulu due to mechanical reasons.” Due to this maintenance issue, it states “several flights will be affected.”



Preliminary Heat was not fair, says SN sports writer

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The heat was meant to pick six fautasi to go into Wednesday’s Flag Day main championship final with the invited Salelologa boat, the Tolotolo O Tama Uli.  However, it was so unfairly conducted, the committee should have let all the fautasi compete in that final and cancel Monday’s tu’uga.



Judge Ward dismisses DUI case, suppresses evidence

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District Court Judge John Ward has issued an “Opinion and Order” in an alleged driving under the influence (DUI) case against Brian Miscoi. The 20- page order was issued last month where Ward ruled that the police lacked probable cause to arrest Miscoi for a DUI after a routine traffic stop in September last year.

David Vargas attorney for Miscoi filed a motion to suppress, and a hearing was held on January 12, 2012.