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GOVN’T SCHOOL BUSES CONTINUE TO BE A NO GO FOR ECE
 
Complaints continue to be voiced by parents of ECE students regarding a decision to discontinue school bus services for Early Childhood Education students.
 
Samoa News was told by Lavinia Leva’ula, division head of School Bus Services that “a stop to this service did not originate from us, it is actually ‘a must abide rule’ from the Head Start ECE Program. We have to abide and reinforce it.”
 



What to watch in Obama's immigration speech

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After years of wrangling with Congress over how to fix the country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is ready to announce his plan to take action alone.

Just how far does he go? Who's going to be covered? How do Republicans manage their anger?

A guide to what to watch for Thursday night:

WHO WINS AND LOSES?



Man accused of raping 14-year-old girl

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A man who is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in his neighborhood was arraigned in High Court, on charges of rape, sexual assault, sodomy, sexual abuse first degree, false imprisonment and third degree assault. If convicted of all six charges the defendant is looking at serving 40+ years in jail.
 



“Don’t let culture or tradition cloud your view of what’s right” says AG Talauega

Human Trafficking Conference opens with call for dialogue among ourselves
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“This conference will start a new dialogue among us, to recognize to speak up when you see acts of human trafficking happening among us. Don't let the culture, don't let tradition cloud your view of what’s right,” said Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale at the opening of the two-day American Samoa Human Trafficking conference.
 



Haleck family seeks voluntary dismissal of case against DOI secretary

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The Haleck family of American Samoa has sought a voluntary dismissal of its lawsuit at the federal court in Washington D.C.  against Sally Jewell in her capacity as U.S. Interior Department Secretary.
 
Filed two years ago, the federal complaint centers on the Haleck family’s local legal battle between ASG and Avamua Dave Haleck over the 23-acre lowland forest in Tafuna known as Naumati, which ASG has been trying for years to secure without success.
 



Samoa's World Cup place was in jeopardy if England boycott had gone ahead

Census Johnston, the Toulouse prop, has revealed that Samoa's players received a series of warnings from officials after their threats to walk out of this weekend's autumn Test at Twickenham.

The 33-year-old front-rower said Samoa feared next year's Test visit of New Zealand to Apia would also have been in doubt had the squad gone through with strike threats.



Poly Air files new app for Manu’a service to continue

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With still no U.S. carrier to operate American Samoa’s domestic flights, the Samoa government owned Polynesian Airlines has filed a new application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to continue serving the Manu’a islands for another 90-days.
 
Polynesian’s first 90-day application was filed in August this year, but the U.S. Department of Transportation granted instead, three 30-day cabotage waiver exemptions to operate flights between Tutuila and the Manu’a islands.
 



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18 CRUISE SHIPS SET TO CALL INTO PORT NEXT YEAR
 
The American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau (ASVB) has indicated that a total of 18 cruise ships from seven cruise lines will be arriving in the territory next year between January and October.
 



Court Report

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CO-DEFENDANTS MIKE KIM AND MOTAU SAMANI ENTER GUILTY PLEA
 
Businessman Mike Kim and his co-defendant Motau Samani have entered into a plea agreement with the government, in connection with a sex case that occurred in 2010. Kim was facing conspiracy to commit rape, rape, deviate sexual assault, witness tampering, concealing an offense and endangering the welfare of a child, while Samani faced conspiracy to commit rape, rape, deviate sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
 



COS Samoa Packing has pension checks for former employees

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COS Samoa Packing tuna cannery, formerly known as Van Camp, has announced that former Production employees who were participants of the pension benefit plan have checks waiting for them.
 



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