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Local residents seeking assistance at the Immigration Office yesterday were shocked when they were told that the hours of operation had changed to 8 a.m. - 12 noon (as per the sign in the photo). Samoa News visited the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building in Utulei yesterday at 1:30 p.m. to find...
An aiga bus driver, who is 50-plus years old, is facing 14 counts, including rape, in connection with the case involving a female minor, a 15-year-old. Kerisimasi Faumui was arraigned in High Court last Friday where he entered a not guilty plea, after his case was bound over the District Court last...
DAVID FO’A A change of plea hearing for a man, accused of using a “shotgun” to threaten a store cashier during a robbery last year, has been continued to later this week, due to the High Court’s concerns over a proposed plea agreement between the prosecution and defense. David Fo’a was in High...
The Festival of Sites, featuring Okeanos Explorer (NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research) and hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), was a huge hit last month, when the Emerald and Sea Princess cruise ships called into port. First, the tourists were treated to...
This year was a lucky year for the Samoana High School (SHS) Football team, when they received gifts from the school Booster Club last Friday before the end of this school year, which was full new football uniforms, plus monetary gifts to buy whatever they want for school. The new uniforms for the...
There has been an increase in illegal dumping all around American Samoa especially down hillsides next to roads in outer villages. The increase in illegal dumping may be caused by a lack of convenient legal alternatives such as dumpsters, a lack of public awareness about the impacts of illegal...
With graduation season looming and college bound teens looking for financial resources to help with the cost of pursuing a college degree, the Alofaituli family has announced that their annual scholarship program is now open to American Samoa students. All Pacific islanders residing in California,...
A man who has been in prison for 17 months for having sexual contact with a woman was freed last week, after a High Court jury acquitted  him of all charges. During the two-day trial, which opened Tuesday, the government called four witnesses while the defense called one witness, a friend of the...
Jazz is a music, which often defies description. We throw around words like “freedom”, “improvisation” or “hustle and flow” to capture its essence, but it remains elusive.  In his 1993 book entitled simply, “Jazz”, author and music critic John Fordham may have captured it better than most when he...
The Division of Student Services at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has announced the recipients for the spring 2017 semester of the College’s Saili le Atamai scholarship, sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). In addition to recognizing outstanding academic performance...

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