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Krispy Chicken opened it doors to customers on Saturday morning — and closed at around 6p.m. — they ran out of product! Yep - that’s how good it is! And when Samoa News visited them on Sunday, at their purported “open” time of 10 a.m. — customers were already streaming in for toana’i. And what a...
Activists against human trafficking joined together this past week in a movement to wipe out human trafficking.

 A21 is a global movement to abolish injustice in the 21st Century. Human Trafficking is considered modern day slavery in this day and age, and with stories of foreign fishermen being...
The Manu'atele pictured at the shipyard in Washington State this past September.[SN file photo]
American Samoa’s new multimillion dollar vessel for Manu’a is still undergoing US Coast Guard inspection in Washington State and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele said ASG will not take over the MV Manu’atele unless it’s deemed “seaworthy” by the Coast Guard. During last...
Two separate domestic cases on Monday this week, during separate times of the day, sent three people — including a divorced couple — to jail and all three appeared Tuesday in District Court for their initial appearance. In the first case, which occurred in Tafuna, the woman was charged, while the...
In this Samoa News file photo, Lt. Gov. Lemanu cuts the ribbon for the newly renovated ER unit at LBJ hospital in Sept. 2016.
At last Thursday’s gubernatorial forum hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association, three questions were asked of the candidates for lieutenant governor, with one of questions, “How do you see your role as lieutenant governor, if your team wins the election?” causing Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga...
Pictured here are the new officers in the ASCC Chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). Left to right:  William Siaki, Mafoa Falefata, Gracechelle Cabalar, Reina Sotto, Chesiah Javier, and Sivoki Niumataiwalu.  [Courtesy Photo]
The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) has elected its officers for fall 2016 through spring 2017, and outlined an agenda of activities to provide today’s health and human services students with an opportunity to gain a competitive...
A look at some of Samoa Tuna Processors employees in front of the STP gate on Oct. 13, the same day its owner Tri Marine International announced the indefinite closure of STP effective Dec. 11. Rumors of Tri Marine selling its facility or at least parts of its facility are rampant, while the company has said STP will be maintained as a hub of its Pacific operations, while a final solution is sought. [photo: AF]
With Tri Marine International’s announcement that its Samoa Tuna Processors canning facility is indefinitely closed effective Dec. 11, there is already speculation that StarKist Co., might take over some of SPT’s property, especially the freezer storage facility, something that StarKist Samoa has...
The federal Real ID Act sets stricter standards on identification. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) has granted an extension for American Samoa to comply with stringent requirements of the federal Real ID Act, dealing with the issuance of state/territory driver’s licenses and identification cards. Since enactment of the Real ID Act, USDHS said early this...
In this 2012 file photo, then-Chamber of Commerce chairman David Robinson addressed about 20 members of the private sector at a presentation on economic development. [SN file photo]
Former Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Robinson says American Samoa has some missed economic development opportunities and believes the most important one deals with technology including the development of a technology park. Robinson is retiring and moving to New Zealand at the end of the month...
TOGITOGI CHARGED WITH ESCAPE FROM CONFINEMENT Escaped inmate, Joe Togitogi, has been charged with one count of escape from confinement, a felony crime punishable by not less than 5 years in jail, a fine of $5,000 or both. Togitogi made his initial appearance in District Court on Monday. Following a...

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