AMERICAN SAMOA HOUSE REJECTS GAMBLING BAN

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (March 15, 1999 - Samoa News)---A House majority vote last Friday defeated a Senate bill to ban all forms of gambling -- including raffles, sports pools and bingo games -- in the U.S. South Pacific territory.

The defeat came after a third and final reading, and reflected a majority feeling among the faipules that church-sponsored raffles and bingo games should not be included in the proposed all-encompassing gambling ban.

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