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Ofu-Olosega from the air
Manua Islands, AMERICAN SAMOA — Ocean explorers undertaking bottom sea mapping around the waters of Samoa, are wary of an active volcano not far from the Manu’a Island group in American Samoa. The Vailuluu Volcano is just 35 miles east of Manu’a and is felt to pose serious threats to all the Samoan...
Barbecued turkey tails
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The average price of turkey tails — a local favorite — decreased again last month, while the price for a box of chicken legs continues to increase, according to the Department of Commerce, which released last week the July Basic Food Index report. According to DOC, four...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court last week granted a verbal motion by defense attorney Rob McNeill, on behalf of his client Willie Aulavemai, to continue the preliminary hearing on an Order to Show Cause (OSC) until his current case is resolved. Aulavemai, a.k.a. “WILL”, appeared in court last...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted a nonpartisan report from Yale Law School and affiliated Veterans groups that studied the Service Academy nominations of every Member of the U.S. House and Senate, and found that American Samoa stood out with a unique balance of...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — A 28-year-old father who was convicted of breaking into his uncle’s home in Vaitogi and stealing a pair of laptops, has been given a second chance. The court has ordered that Si’u Valaau Jr be released from prison. Valaau Jr, a citizen of Samoa, was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for an assault conviction from last year was arrested over the weekend on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor. Faitala Tomasi made his initial appearance in court this week. He is charged with one count of second degree assault, a...
Samoa News building in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News is currently not publishing a paper — except electronically — while it awaits parts from off-island for its press. We apologize to our readers who are used to a cup of coffee & newspaper in the morning. You can subscribe for the electronic (pdf) paper by...
Feleti Barstow Public Library
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A malfunction in the circuit board of the main air condition unit at the Feleti Barstow Public Library in Utulei resulted in the territory’s only public library closing its doors this past Tuesday. According to Territorial Librarian Justin Maga, a public announcement was...
Cans of StarKist Light Chunk Tuna
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — Based on records with the federal court in San Francisco, US District Court Judge Edward M. Chen is “inclined” to impose the $100 million criminal fine - as agreed in the plea agreement — against StarKist Co., whose sentencing hearing has been continued to later next...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has denied a motion for reconsideration filed by a man who is serving a lengthy sentence at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for causing injuries to two people in Pago Pago. Falaniko Fetoai was sentenced on June 27th to a 10-year straight sentence on...

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