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The federal court in Honolulu has set for next week a detention hearing for an American man wanted by Tongan authorities for the murder of his wife and both the government and defense have been asked to file briefings on the issue of extradition, which is being sought by the Kingdom of Tonga for...
The solar array in Ta'u. [photo: SolarCity]
SolarCity, the company Tesla officially acquired on Monday, is powering nearly the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa with solar power. SolarCity developed a microgrid with 1.4 megawatts of solar generation capacity — enough to power nearly 100% of the island, according to a SolarCity blog...
Tomorrow, American Samoa joins the rest of the United States and Americans around the world to celebrate Thanksgiving Day — a federal and public holiday — celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Like the rest of the nation, many local residents will mark Thanksgiving with prayers and...
A police report of last Friday’s traffic accident where a 25-year-old died after being hit on the main road in Pago Pago allegedly by the back section of a container trailer truck, recommends the case be closed with no charges filed against the driver, according to senior police officers. The man...
American Samoa can be a regional breadfruit hub, including training, especially with a locally developed and built dehydrator, and the American Samoa hub can be replicated in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for the Asian market, according to a report by the University of Hawaii...
The US Justice Department has sought a “provisional arrest with a view towards extradition” of a US citizen, Dean Jay Fletcher, wanted by authorities in Tonga to stand trial for the alleged murder of his wife in July this year, according to documents filed yesterday afternoon with the federal court...
American Samoa Power Authority Executive Director Utu Abe Malae says a federal assessment of the Aua pipeline and surrounding areas of the former site of a US Navy fuel farm during World War II failed to take into consideration environmental issues impacting American Samoa. Furthermore, the Army...
SANELE AH CHONG The High Court last Friday sentenced a thirty-year old father of two to serve seven years behind bars in connection with an incident last year where he had a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl, after giving her alcohol. Ah Chong was initially charged with three-felony counts — rape...
A US citizen, who is sought by Tongan authorities for murder, has been handed over to the US Marshals Service, while his case with the District Court of American Samoa has been dismissed. Fifty-three year old Dean J. Fletcher, who is from Florida, is charged in the local court with one misdemeanor...
A look at some of the members of the American Samoa delegation as they joined hands and sang “Lota Nu’u”, during the closing ceremony at last Friday’s 7th Bilateral Health Summit of the two Samoas at Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium.  [photo: AF]
Samoan cultural practices causing mental health issues and “maternal depression” for Samoan mothers were among questions raised by participants of the 7th Bilateral Health Summit following presentations by physicians from Samoa and American Samoa on mental illness in the two Samoas. The...

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