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MAKERITA LEITUANE A former American Samoa Power Authority employee, who worked at ASPA’s Aunu’u office, has been charged with one count each of felony stealing and embezzlement — also a felony — as a result of alleged missing money of just over $18,000, which was paid by customers for debit meter...
Venus flytrap anemone [photo: NOAA Office of Exploration & Research]
Breathtaking new footage from the first dives of the NOAA’s 2017 American Samoa Expedition has revealed a glimpse into the alien world of the deep sea. A ‘cosmic jellyfish’ caught on camera looks remarkably like a UFO, spreading its opposing tentacles out like a disc as it floats through the water...
Public Defender Douglas Fiaui. [SN file photo]
Sen. Fonoti Tafa’ifa Aufata strongly recommends that the Public Defender’s Office encourage parents to get involved when their children are charged in the criminal justice system, while Public Defender Douglas Fiaui shared with senators what he says are “sad cases” of kids breaking into stores,...
The U.S Federal Aviation Administration has signed the appropriate document authorizing the American Samoa Government to use more than 300 acres of airport land, which the federal agency’s audit two years ago found to be used by ASG, without benefiting the Pago Pago International Airport....
One of the few close friends present when the late former Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, passed away last week in Utah, was University of Hawai’i official Papali’i Dr. Failautusi Avegalio, who witnessed Faleomavaega’s final moments, when “his spirit was lifted from his body by the gentle...
The only technical school in the territory was represented last Friday at the Tauese P. F. Sunia Ocean Center during a telepresence event hosted by the crew of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. See story for full details.  [photo: NMSAS]
A live telepresence event featuring the crew from the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer was held at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei last Friday. Close to 200 people of all ages were present, including students from Leone Midkiff Elementary, Matafao Elementary, Nu'uuli Vocational Technical...
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While revenues for commercial landing of tuna species in American Samoa were down in 2015, revenues were at an all time high for the longline fishery, according to the 2015 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region released this month...
An old fautasi circa 1903, and a local new hi-tech fautasi built for speed — racing only. The former was built for war, cargo, passengers and racing. [Photos: American Samoa’s Historic Preservation Office archives, and Samoa News files]
American Samoa’s Historic Preservation Officer, David J. Herdrich gave the Keynote at the 28th Annual Symposium on the Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawai’i and the Pacific on  February 18th, 2017. This year’s theme was “Early Watercraft and Maps: Voyaging, Visualizing, and Revitalizing.”...
Po Sagapolutele [Getty images]
The widow of a former professional football player, who was born in American Samoa, has sued the National Football League (NFL) and the maker of football helmets, for an unspecified amount, which court documents say can be determined by a jury at trial. Pio Sagapolutele was an American football...
Public Defender Douglas Fiaui. [SN file photo]
Public Defender Douglas Fiaui has called for a review of American Samoa’s “harsh” drug laws, saying that the trend in the country — the U.S. — is focused on treating narcotics addiction as a public health issue not a criminal justice issue. He made the comment during his recent Senate confirmation...

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