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This photo provided by ASPA, shows the “first smoke” of engine number 3 on March 3, 2017 — considered an important milestone for the new Satala Power Plant after the original plant was destroyed in the 2009 earthquake and tsunami.  The power plant continued to be put through its paces, and was dedicated May 25, 2017.  [2017 file photo]
In 2017 the Twitter handle #MeToo went viral and ASG prosecuted more and more sex abuse cases, but unlike the U.S. — the economic outlook in the territories, and most especially American Samoa — is not rosy. Starkist — the largest private employer in the territory is still suffering from fish...
An American Samoan woman accused of filing false tax returns with the US Internal Revenue Service for local residents is required to surrender her passport to the American Samoa Attorney General’s Office upon arrival in Pago Pago for her 30-day holiday visit with family in the territory, according...
A new day on Dec. 28 with three more days before the New Year 2018, with great weather in sunny American Samoa, as the sun rose from coastline off Faganeanea village on Tutuila island around 8a.m.  [photo:Leua Aiono Frost]
Church services and parties top the list of activities when American Samoa welcomes in 2018 at the stroke of 12 midnight Sunday night, the last in the U.S. “family” to do so. Guam will be the first U.S. possession to welcome in the New Year. “...may the New Year bring our territory prosperity and...
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Thursday in court, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia raised his voice to a defendant, who is an overstayer, and who has allegedly caused a person to end up in the hospital. While specific details of the incident or charges against Sapi Osana were not immediately available, Samoa News understands that...
Utulei, AMERICAN SAMOA —The American Samoa delegation to the 14th annual Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Manila returned to the territory after working with the United States delegation to successfully secure 100 extra high seas fishing days for American Samoa. The...
After two full days of waiting in frustration, passengers from Monday night’s flight finally left for Honolulu on Wednesday night’s flight — one of the three extra flights the airline scheduled between Honolulu and Pago Pago for the busy holiday season. Some passengers as well as family members...
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While death is often referred to as part of the natural order of our lives, it is not an easy event to accept, especially of family members and friends dear to us, whether they were public figures or otherwise. Each loss is keenly felt and mourned, with the hope that time will heal the wound left...
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The government’s case against a 53-year old local businessman, came down to whether the six-member jury believed the government and its witnesses or the defense, who argued that the defendant had maintained his innocence since his arrest. In the end, it took the jury less than an hour to acquit...
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SIERRA ISAIA  Through his defense attorney Public Defender Douglas Fiaui, drug defendant Sierra Isaia entered a not guilty plea last week Wednesday to a single count of unlawful possession of crystal methamphetamine (ice). The plea was entered during arraignment where Acting Associate Justice...
A bullet hole is seen on the right door of a DPS unit following an incident that happened on Dec. 14 behind the ASTCA compound at Tafuna, when a person/persons fired twice at the police unit. Luckily police officers were not inside the vehicle or close to it when the shots happened. [SN file photo]
A man, with a criminal record, accused of shooting at a police vehicle two weeks ago has been arrested and the District Court has set “no bail”, while a warrant for another suspect has been issued in the same incident, which has been described by police as a “cowardly” act. Responding to Samoa News...

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