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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28-year-old man from Samoa accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Talatonu Lafoga was originally charged with first degree sexual abuse, attempted rape, second degree burglary — all class C...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A side issue raised by Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean during the Senate Rules Committee meeting last Friday, had to do with foreigners coming to the territory and giving birth to children who then become US Nationals. Then-Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale was one of...
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Here is the latest forecast track of Tropical Disturbance 09F. The latest forecast track is for center of the system to move just south of Tutuila today. However strong winds, potentially damaging, are forecast today for American Samoa along with heavy rainfall. Please note, the numbers in the...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a new development after 6pm yesterday, the Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, announced that  ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS from K to High School will BE CLOSED today, Thursday and Friday due to the severe change in the weather. All school Administrators and staff (...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 58-year-old man from Ottoville was arrested last week on the allegation that he raped his 14-year-old niece inside the victim’s home earlier this month. [In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved]. The...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the two men arrested last year on allegations that they gave high school students 4 marijuana cigarettes has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Taliu Taumaloto was charged in two separate cases. In the first case, he was charged with one count of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With weather forecast to improve today, the government is deploying teams to conduct damage assessments territory-wide after damaging winds and heavy rain bombarded the territory since last Saturday night. During the 8 a.m briefing yesterday of first-responders and other...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Until the weather improves — and for the safety of the general public — the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) will suspend providing tent services for those who have not received updated MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella) shots. Moreover, because of this reason,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Torrential rain and gusty high winds continued throughout the 3-day weekend, Monday was a federal holiday — President’s Day — that allowed many to stay home safely. In the meantime, the Department of Education has announced that “Due to Weather Uncertainty and safety of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During the 12:01a.m Feb. 18th government briefing on the latest update on the storm system impacting the territory, the local Education Department reported that there are 18 people who remain housed at Tafuna Elementary School. ASDOE activated emergency shelters at...

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