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DOT fines Hawaiian Airlines for baggage, ad violations

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that it fined Hawaiian Airlines $160,000 after discovering the carrier violated federal rules on liability for mishandled domestic baggage and full-fare advertising.

A DOT investigation following a customer complaint revealed that Hawaiian was limiting reimbursement for damages associated with delayed baggage to $30 a day for a maximum of three days. This is far less than the $3,400 minimum level required by federal law, the DOT said.



IRS warns about reporting $10K cash transactions

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The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is warning businesses in U.S. territories of federal requirements to file appropriate forms when they engage in cash transactions in excess of $10,000.
 
Form 8300 must be filed within 15 days of the transaction, the IRS said in a national news release this week, but it didn’t elaborate further as to the reason for the warning to businesses in U.S. territories — including American Samoa.
 



DPS head annoyed by HR transfer policies

Calls it “too much unnecessary work”
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“That’s too much unnecessary work. It’s like stopping the police and it hampers our ability to do our work,” is how Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Save Liuato Tuitele describes the Human Resources’ policy on the voluntary and involuntary reassignment and transfer of employees. Save said he’s concerned about the policy and noted that DPS is different from other departments and agencies.
 



How can tiny American Samoa dominate the NFL?

When University of Washington Defensive Tackle Danny Shelton arrived for the NFL Draft in Chicago wearing traditional Samoan dress and almost choked the life out of Commissioner Goodell in an on-stage hug, it symbolized the amazing dominance that one tiny island and its’ Polynesian neighbors have in NFL football.



Talosaga se ali’i pagota ua toe fia fo’i i Savai’i

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O le ali’i pagota mai Savai’i lea na sau i se pemita e 30 aso i le 2012, ma ia fa’atinoina ai le tele o solitulafono talepe fale ma le gaoi i le 2013, ua ia ta’utino i le fa’amasinoga maualuga i le taeao ananafi o ia ua toe fia fo’i i lona aiga i Savai’i, ona e leai ma se isi na alu atu e asi o ia talu ona taofia o ia i le toese.
 



LBJ pediatrician warns of common practice that is dangerous for babies

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“Diluting breast milk or baby formula, or even giving infants plain water, is dangerous, so dangerous it could kill babies,” says Dr. James Marrone, the head of Pediatrics at LBJ Medical Center, in response to Samoa News questions.
 
Last month a 10-week-old child died in Georgia of “water intoxication”, also called hyponatremia, and the story led to callers contacting Samoa News raising concerns about the danger of diluting milk for infants.
 



Starkist settled lawsuit, but denies claims and liability

StarKist press weight machines were not maintained in Pago and Ecuado
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By reaching the settlement agreement as the result of a lawsuit filed in federal court, StarKist Co., says the company will focus attention on its core mission of “providing healthy and delicious seafood” to customers.
 



Talosaga Pule Aute’s Bar e fa’amanino ana fa’amaonia

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Ua i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga se talosaga na fa’aulu e le tama’ita’i pule o le pisinisi a le Aute’s Bar ia Tumuatasi Lefatia, tauala atu i lana loia fautua ia Fiti Sunia, e talosagaina ai le fa’amasinoga ina ia poloaina le itu a le malo, e fa’ailoa ana mau fa’amaonia e lagolago ai tu’uaiga fa’asaga ia te ia, atoa ai ma le talosaga ina ia toe fa’afo’i atu lana tupe e $4,184 o lo o taofia e le malo.
 



Motion to suppress evidence filed in Aute case

“Money is not contraband” Search and seizure relegated to items in search warrant
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The search warrant of Aute Bar permitted the search and seizure of firearms, ammunition and documents establishing the possession of ownership but it did not authorize the police to search and seize any other type of items, like evidence of possession of a controlled substance, says drug defendant Tumuatasi Lefatia in her motion to suppress evidence and to release $4,184 seized by the government.
 
The motion was filed by her attorney Fiti Sunia.
 



Starkist agrees to pay $12MIL in class action suit

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Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co., whose local operation is StarKist Samoa cannery, will pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed against the canned tuna company, according to a motion for preliminary approval of a class action settlement agreement filed with the federal court in San Francisco, California.
 
The motion is set for a court hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. on May 28, while StarKist corporate office did not immediately respond to questions or request for comments on the proposed settlement.
 



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