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Tomorrow, American Samoa joins the rest of the United States and Americans around the world to celebrate Thanksgiving Day — a federal and public holiday — celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Like the rest of the nation, many local residents will mark Thanksgiving with prayers and...
A police report of last Friday’s traffic accident where a 25-year-old died after being hit on the main road in Pago Pago allegedly by the back section of a container trailer truck, recommends the case be closed with no charges filed against the driver, according to senior police officers. The man...
American Samoa can be a regional breadfruit hub, including training, especially with a locally developed and built dehydrator, and the American Samoa hub can be replicated in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for the Asian market, according to a report by the University of Hawaii...
The US Justice Department has sought a “provisional arrest with a view towards extradition” of a US citizen, Dean Jay Fletcher, wanted by authorities in Tonga to stand trial for the alleged murder of his wife in July this year, according to documents filed yesterday afternoon with the federal court...
American Samoa Power Authority Executive Director Utu Abe Malae says a federal assessment of the Aua pipeline and surrounding areas of the former site of a US Navy fuel farm during World War II failed to take into consideration environmental issues impacting American Samoa. Furthermore, the Army...
SANELE AH CHONG The High Court last Friday sentenced a thirty-year old father of two to serve seven years behind bars in connection with an incident last year where he had a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl, after giving her alcohol. Ah Chong was initially charged with three-felony counts — rape...
A US citizen, who is sought by Tongan authorities for murder, has been handed over to the US Marshals Service, while his case with the District Court of American Samoa has been dismissed. Fifty-three year old Dean J. Fletcher, who is from Florida, is charged in the local court with one misdemeanor...
Samoan cultural practices causing mental health issues and “maternal depression” for Samoan mothers were among questions raised by participants of the 7th Bilateral Health Summit following presentations by physicians from Samoa and American Samoa on mental illness in the two Samoas. The...
Washington, D.C. — Newly reelected Congresswoman Aumua Amata today issued a statement commending her friend Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. "We in American Samoa were not surprised that my friend, colleague and fellow Samoan Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) would take...
US based StarKist Co., has confirmed that its StarKist Samoa cannery’s annual shutdown at the end of the year will be for three weeks, instead of the usual two weeks, as the territory’s largest private employer continues to “experience volatility” at its Atu’u-based plant. Local industry officials...

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