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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa's Department of Health is sending a blood sample of the 19-year-old female believed to have died from dengue fever off island for testing. According epidemiologist Aifili John Tufa, although doctors at the LBJ Hospital pointed to dengue fever as the cause...
An ASPA employee during a coastal clean up in 2015.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a directive yesterday to all ASG directors, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga declared that today, Friday, Sept. 13th is “Island Wide Costal Clean Up” for all ASG departments and agencies. He is also inviting businesses, religious and village communities, to partner with ASG...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 25-year-old man accused of breaking into a home last year will be sentenced next month, after pleading guilty under a plea agreement. Johnny Aleki Jr was initially charged with one count of first degree felony burglary, and two misdemeanors: third degree assault and...
The “Sea Princess” — a Princess Cruises vessel docking in Pago Pago horbor,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The “Sea Princess” — a Princess Cruises vessel — maneuvered its way inside the Pago Pago Harbor around 7:30a.m last week, with the assistance of two ASG tugboats. The American Samoa Visitors Bureau (ASVB) says the arrival of the Sea Princess “kicks off the Spring-Summer...
Photos of back and front of fake $5 bill.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Counterfeit bills are being circulated in the territory, even in $5 denominations. According to the organizers of a barbecue fundraiser on the west side, the money collected from their plate sale was used to buy supplies for the next fundraiser. But — when they went to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Pago Pago who was arrested and charged for burglarizing his aunty’s home told police that he had traded most of the stolen jewelry and “other stuff” at a place called “Le Aute” for methamphetamine. Faiaoga Satele, also known as Fred Satele made his initial...
StarKist employees entering the canning plant in American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the decision by a federal court judge in San Francisco to sentence StarKist Co., to a fine of $100 million “is unsettling for me, given the potential adverse impact on its proposed production capacity expansion” for its StarKist Samoa plant...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three faipule have proposed major changes to the ASG Employees’ Retirement Fund law, which include having three members elected by Retirement Fund members and mandating an annual board meeting to be held in American Samoa. Sponsored by Reps. Larry Sanitoa, Andra Samoa,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer from Samoa who pled guilty to meth possession is ordered to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of her 5-year probation sentence. Lili Apolo — who has been in the territory illegally for 11 years — appeared in High...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man involved in the case where 4 males were charged and convicted of shooting at the Leone Substation a few years ago was arrested last week on drug charges. Sinapati Tuufaanatu made his initial appearance in District Court this week. He later waived his right to a...

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