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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Persons born in American Samoa are citizens of the United States by virtue of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” said US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups of the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 69-page ruling issued Thursday, Dec. 19....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Owners of the Southern Cross NEXT undersea fiber optic cable claim in a filing with federal regulators that its cable system will not only “enhance competition” but will “vigorously” compete with other cable systems, such as American Samoa Hawaii cable and Hawaiki cable...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old man convicted of stealing a laptop from a Tafeta home asked the court for a second chance so he can serve his church, and care for his parents and sisters. Talaleu Vainiu, who remains in custody unable to secure a $10,000 bond was initially charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former employee of the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), a division of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), who is accused of providing forged commercial driver’s permits to several local drivers has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Matthew John Tafua...
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PAGO PAGO, AS — The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) and the NOAA Coral Reef Advisory Group sponsored a four-day Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) and Post-Construction Stormwater (PCS) Management Training at the Department of Public Works’ Conference Room last month for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court yesterday morning moved forward with the sentencing of a young man convicted of violating local drug laws, despite the fact that the defendant departed the territory last month. Faletoi Misiluti, a co-defendant in a case where police raided a house in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department has moved to early next week, the start of the measles mass vaccination in American Samoa. Meanwhile the Samoa government-owned MV Lady Naomi will not carry passengers on the inter-Samoa sail after ASG placed more restrictions on travel between the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Port Administration is taking the lead, working with three other ASG departments, in patrolling the 50-mile zonewithin territorial waters, to prevent unauthorized vessels from entering the territory during the emergency declaration due to the measles outbreak. “All...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A  45-year-old man from Samoa was sentenced yesterday morning for sexually abusing his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter.  (To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved. It should be noted that the court affidavit...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During the emergency cabinet meeting Sunday, there were a few issues relating to actions taken by ASG during the governor’s emergency declaration due to the measles outbreak, which was first declared last Friday. EMPLOYEES AND CLOSED DAYCARE CENTERS American Samoa...

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