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19-YEAR-OLD JAILED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE A 19-year-old young man accused of having sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, which is one of the conditions of his five-year probation. The High Court has also ordered that the defendant is not to be released from...
At the conclusion last Friday of the three-day 7th Bilateral Health Summit of the two Samoas, delegates from American Samoa and Samoa agreed that the summit will be held every two years and a steering committee has been appointed to continue health meetings for the two Samoas. This year’s summit...
Ituau County has selected former faipule Levu F. Solaita and re-selected Sen. Alo Fa’auuga to take up the county’s two senatorial seats when the new 35th Legislature is sworn in to office in January next year. Levu takes up the senatorial seat that was occupied by Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono for...
Washington, DC  — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and her fellow House Republican Colleagues were in the Capitol building early Thursday morning to receive a transition briefing from Vice President–Elect Pence. The VP-Elect was very gracious and humble in his message to House Republicans, and assured...
“I am 25 years old since March 2016. There are those who are saying that I might be the youngest representative in Fono history, and I can understand that this is a big deal for most. But I have to say that I didn't run to break any records, but to help break down barriers for Tualauta district,...
Rep. Maugaoali’i Le’apai Sipa Anoa’i, who lost his bid for re-election by one-vote for the Fagatogo seat, has raised with the Election Office concerns pertaining to the election process and possible violation of local law, at the Fagatogo polling station. Maugaoali’i told Samoa News that he hopes...
A US couple has shared with the US State Department and others who read it online, their heart-breaking story of adopting from Samoa in 2015 a three-year old boy who was a “victim of abuse and has scars to prove it.” In sharing their story, the couple called on the federal agency to reconsider the...
As part of his keynote presentation on Wednesday during day-one of the three-day 7th Bilateral Summit of the two Samoas, Bob Grunewald, an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis pointed to recent data from the World Bank on Samoa regarding, tobacco and obesity. However, he didn’t...
Despite objections from the American Samoa Power Authority and a federal agency, the US Army Corps of Engineer has decided to take “No Action on the Proposed Aua Pipeline” project over which Aua residents and ASPA had raised concerns about soil contaminated with fuel that then becomes a health risk...
The Village Walks program in American Samoa was an intervention activity that promoted healthy living set up by the Children’s Healthy Living Fund (CHL), an extension program of the University of Hawaiʻ at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. The three walks included the...

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