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In its third day of the ongoing prostitution jury trial, the government called to the stand one of the four police officers who investigated the case against Lusia Tusi aka 'Sheila', a co-defendant in the prostitution case, which also implicates the owner of the Karaoke bar in Satala, Fa’asaina Park.
Sheila and Park are before a jury of four men and three women, and each is charged with promoting prostitution, second degree.

Number of registered voters dropped this year says chief election officer


The number of registered voters for this year’s general election dropped by six percent compared to those who registered in the 2012 election, which is when electors also cast ballots for the gubernatorial race.
This is according to statistics provided by chief election officer, Tuaolo M. Fruean during a briefing at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, where Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga called on all ASG entities to provide any type of support necessary to the Election Office to ensure a smooth and successful election this year.

Congressional candidates tackle the question of legalizing marijuana

Four No, Three Yes, and one Maybe

Aside from politics, education and healthcare questions, the congressional candidates at the forum hosted last week at the American Samoa Community College were asked about their view of legalizing marijuana in the territory for medical purposes. The forum, which took place last week Thursday, was hosted by the ASCC Student Government Association.

American boy well cared for on Niue

Niue's police chief says a nine-year old American boy allegedly abducted by his father and taken to sea from Seattle is well and being looked after by locals.

Tony Edwards says the island's police took the boy's father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson, into custody after he failed to clear customs properly.

He says they quickly connected him with the suspect in an FBI Pacific wide search for a man who had sailed with his son on board and had not been seen in two months.

The man is facing an FBI charge of international parental kidnapping.

Cyclone season caution issued

Another “Cyclone Val” could be on the cards this season with the Meteorology Division reporting elevated cyclone activity for the Samoan region.

In its communiqué called Samoa Tropical Cyclone Outlook 2014-2015 Season, the Division says there is more than a 40 per cent chance that a cyclone will develop.

This fact was reiterated by the Division’s A.C.E.O, Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea, who said it was going to be an active cyclone season.

“There is a 41 per cent possibility chances of having a tropical cyclone in our region,” he said.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.

The survey is conducted every two years. But this year's version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including graphically personal questions on sexual acts.

Congressional candidates all support the “War on Terrorism”


At the congressional forum hosted by the American Samoa Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) last week Thursday, one of the question’s posed to the candidates was their view on whether or not they support the US involvement in the war on terrorism.

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ASG shipyard completes emergency repairs on Tri-Marine boat in record time


Tri Marine International is conducting its own investigation into the cause of an incident earlier this month where its purse seiner, the ‘Captain Vincent Gann’ collided with another purse seiner inside the Pago Pago Harbor, causing an oil spill.
As previously reported by Samoa News, the Vincent Gann collided on Oct. 16 with the vessel Ocean Challenger, causing damage to the Vincent Gann. The incident also sent a crew member of the Ocean Challenger to the hospital.

Community Briefs


The hospital will be establishing a board to oversee the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facility, which is the Dialysis Clinic, following the unannounced surveys conducted by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. CMS now requires LBJ to correct these violations, or face the loss of its CMS re-certification. These violations of the Medicare program were first identified in 2010, but were never addressed.

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