HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Catholic Church in Guam does not agree that its parishes and schools should be sold to settle more than 200 clergy sexual abuse claims, according to officials.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Vatican's decision to uphold its conviction of the U.S. territory's ousted Archbishop Anthony Apuron for sexually abusing minors marks a sorrowful chapter in church...
Guam legalizes recreational use of marijuana
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The governor of Guam has signed into law recreational use of marijuana on the U.S. island territory.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed the bill Thursday — a week after the...
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam has experienced significant delays in autopsies and post-mortem examinations since the retirement of the island's chief medical examiner at the end of January, officials...
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — More than 350 Philippine workers have been approved by the government of Guam to work at projects on the island, according to officials.
Guam declared clear of danger from powerful Pacific typhoon
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Authorities have declared Guam clear of the danger of a powerful typhoon in the Pacific Ocean.
Acting Gov. Joshua Tenorio says the U.S. territory will in the coming days...
Tropical storm warning for Guam as typhoon nears
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A typhoon was expected to pass south of Guam, but residents were still preparing for the possibility of changes in the storm's trajectory and destructive winds.
Pacific typhoon expected to lash Guam with gusty wind, rain
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A growing typhoon in the Pacific is heading toward the Mariana Islands and could lash Guam with strong winds, rain and surf this weekend.
Intensifying tropical storm bearing down on Pacific islands
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — An intensifying tropical storm in the Pacific is bearing down on Micronesia and could threaten the U.S. territory of Guam in the coming days.
Endangered tree on Guam to be transplanted for firing range
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — An endangered native tree on Guam will have to be transplanted to make way for a new military firing range.
The Pacific Daily News reports the fadang used to be the most abundant tree in the U.S. territory. But the University of Guam says damage from the Asian cycad scale and caterpillars depleted the tree's numbers.
Artifacts discovery halts some work at Marine base on Guam
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Construction work stopped in part of the new U.S. Marine Corps base on Guam after artifacts were discovered.
A contracted archaeologist identified the artifacts last week, finding prehistoric items and items from the late 1800s, the Pacific Daily News reported .
Guam Catholic Church enters bankruptcy amid sex abuse claims
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Catholic Church filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations.
Ford Elsaesser, an attorney representing the church, said the Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was filed with federal court in Guam. The church faces multimillion-dollar lawsuits for sexual abuse from about 190 accusers.
Army Corps of Engineers proposes danger zone off Guam
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed creating a new surface danger zone that would restrict boat traffic along Guam's northwest coast when a firing range is in use.
Guam governor-elect wants cockfighting to remain legal
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Cockfighting is an important Guam tradition that must remain legal, the U.S. territory's governor-elect said in vowing to work to repeal a likely ban imposed by the U.S. government.
While cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, territories have been allowed to set their own rules on the activity, which involves placing bets on the outcome of fights between roosters with razors strapped to their legs.
Man accused in stabbing death of Guam teen pleads not guilty
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A man accused of stabbing to death a Guam teenager during a burglary of her home has pleaded not guilty.
Brandon Michael Acosta, 24, entered his plea Wednesday to charges of aggravated murder and home invasion, the Pacific Daily News reported .
Timicca Nauta, 15, was found stabbed to death in her Chalan Koda home on Guam in June.
Guam Catholic Church to file bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Catholic Church will file for bankruptcy — a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes announced Wednesday that mediation efforts that began in September led the church to bankruptcy.
"This path will bring the greatest measure of justice to the greatest number of victims," Byrnes said. "That's the heart of what we're doing."
Guam ancient village gone at Marine base, official says
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The remnants of an ancient village have been removed at the site of a new U.S. Marine Corps base under construction on Guam, preservation officials said.
Korean soccer player acquitted in Guam sex assault case
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A South Korean professional soccer player has been acquitted in a sexual assault case in Guam.
A jury delivered not guilty verdicts Monday on all charges against Byong Oh Kim following about three days of deliberations, the Pacific Daily News reported .
Retired priest who admitted to molesting children dies at 97
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A retired priest accused in more than 130 sexual abuse lawsuits and who admitted to molesting children on Guam has died.
The Pacific Daily News reports the Archdiocese of Agana says Louis Brouillard, who was ordained on Guam in 1948, died Wednesday in his native Minnesota.
Relief supplies delivered to Guam on world’s largest plane
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Emergency supplies for Typhoon Mangkhut relief were delivered to Guam on the world's largest aircraft.
The Pacific Daily News reports the Federal Emergency Management Agency chartered the Antonov Airlines AN-255 to transport food and water supplies from Moffett Field, California, landing on Guam on Wednesday.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam officials have requested federal agencies to investigate allegations of tax evasion and cigarette smuggling by a tobacco distributor.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The lawyer for a man who caused a flight disturbance says his client will likely be returning to South Korea since he is not facing additional prison time.
Pacific Daily News reported Friday that South Korean Dentist Kwon Woo Sung was detained for 57 days for assaulting flight crew aboard a Korean Air flight headed for Guam in 2016.
Court documents say Kwon yelled at staff and dragged a flight attendant through an aisle.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Tropical Storm Maria produced high winds as it approached Guam, downing trees and cutting power across the island Thursday morning.
The Pacific Daily News reports Guam Power Authority crews restored electricity to about 84 percent of the Island by Thursday night, but outages remained in some pockets Friday.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam no longer has physicians performing abortions following the recent retirement of a doctor.
Dr. William Freeman of the Women's Clinic has been the island's sole abortion provider since late 2016 following the retirement of the only other physician who performed abortions for years, the Pacific Daily News reported.
Guam mother accused of abandoning newborn baby boy
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A 32-year-old Guam woman is accused of abandoning her newborn baby boy on the doorstep of a stranger's home.
Naomi Nicole Taisican Omapas was charged Friday with child abuse, family violence and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, the Pacific Daily News reported .
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend after an argument about burned rice in 2013.
Clifford San Nicolas was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of manslaughter and possession of a deadly weapon, the Pacific Daily News reported .
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck near the Mariana Trench off Guam.
The U.S. Geological Survey says Tuesday's earthquake struck 47 miles (76 kilometers) southeast of Inarajan Village, Guam. It had a depth of 9.69 miles (15.6 kilometers). Preliminary data showed a magnitude of 6.0, but it was later downgraded to 5.6.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there's no tsunami threat to Guam, a U.S. territory, or the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Superior Court of Guam judge has allowed a South Korean soccer player charged with sexual assault to return home for military service, pending his trial.
Byong Oh Kim is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Jan. 22 at a Guam resort, the Pacific Daily News reported Monday.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — No one has applied for a license to set up an independent testing laboratory nearly two months after Gov. Eddie Calvo signed a bill implementing the rules for a medical marijuana program, a Guam official said.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A former Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector pleaded guilty in Guam to three counts of honest services wire fraud, according to court documents.
The case against Timothy J. Cislo was unsealed last week after he entered a plea deal, the Pacific Daily News reported .
Cislo is accused of issuing certificates to Hansen Helicopters Inc. without inspecting the helicopters in exchange for an airplane for his personal use.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Grammy Award-winning singer who gained fame for hits from "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Saturday Night Fever" and pleaded guilty to drug possession charges in Guam will be able to serve her sentence in Hawaii, her lawyer said.
Yvonne Marianne Elliman-Alexander, 66, who performs under her maiden name Yvonne Elliman, and her husband, Allen Bernard Alexander, were sentenced Tuesday in the U.S. territory, where they had gone to perform at a benefit concert.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a singer and her husband for drug possession in Guam (all times local):
Singer Yvonne Elliman-Alexander and her husband will serve a 14-day sentence in Hawaii for drug possession charges in Guam.
Guam man accused of stealing 46 cans of corned beef
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A 35-year-old man on Guam has been charged with retail fraud for allegations that he stole two cases and 46 cans of corned beef from a market.
The Pacific Daily News reported Thursday that two New Asan Beach Market store employees said they saw the man leaving with multiple cans of corned beef on Feb. 27.
South Korean soccer player pleads not guilty to sex assault
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A South Korean soccer player accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel on Guam has pleaded not guilty.
The Pacific Daily News reports that Sangju Sangmu FC player Byong Oh Kim entered his plea on Wednesday. Court documents say a 22-year-old woman told police last month that she woke up in a hotel room to Kim rubbing her stomach and breast. She told police that Kim also took off her underwear and raped her.
Guam’s governor fooled by Russian comedians via phone call
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's governor was duped by a pair of Russian comedians who pretended to be officials from Ukraine.
Comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov posted a YouTube video on Tuesday with a phone call recording of Gov. Eddie Calvo, in which the pranksters asked Calvo about the threat of North Korea's missiles.
Church: Guam archbishop faces new sexual assault allegation
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Catholic church officials in Guam say they have notified the Vatican of a new sexual abuse allegation against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.
According to the Archdiocese of Agana, a relative of Apuron claimed to local media he was abused by the archbishop in 1990.
Apuron already faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse of altar boys in the 1970s.
Guam video explains how to prepare for nuclear attack
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam security officials have released two videos to help residents prepare for emergencies, including a nuclear missile attack.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense said in a statement Tuesday the videos aren't connected to any imminent threat.
The first tells residents to stockpile emergency supplies and to make an evacuation plan.
Wildlife agencies meet on Guam to discuss brown tree snakes
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Wildlife agencies are meeting this week on Guam to provide updates on numerous projects targeting the invasive brown tree snake, which has proved detrimental to Guam's native bird population.
Increased inspections, awareness programs and effective baiting methods are the main talking points for this year's series of meetings on the snakes, the Pacific Daily News reported Monday.
Guam divers rescued after currents move them to deeper sea
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A couple who went diving off a Guam beach said they're lucky to be alive after a rip current sent them into deeper waters, requiring rescue.
Official: 60 pounds of meth en route to Guam seized in 2017
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Inspectors so far this year have intercepted at least 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of methamphetamine mailed to Guam, a U.S. Postal Service official said.
Kevin Rho, assistant inspector with the Postal Service, said the amount of meth sent to Guam through the mail has increased during the past 10 years, the Pacific Daily News reported .
Despite the uptick, the Postal Service does not plan to add another inspector on the U.S. territory, Rho said.
Guam delegate suggests options to save Chamorro Land Trust
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo has proposed five options to save the Chamorro Land Trust program, which has been challenged in court by the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit claims the local government violated the federal Fair Housing Act "for discriminating against non-Chamorros," the Pacific Daily News reported .
Guam struggles to deal with island’s 25,000 stray dogs
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam residents could be required to spay their pet dogs and permanently identify them with microchips as part of a plan to reduce the island's population of about 25,000 stray dogs.
The draft bill crafted by the island's Stray Dog Committee is aimed at decreasing Guam's stray dog population by 75 percent over the next 18 months and is expected to be presented to the Legislature by Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., a Democrat.
1 dead, 1 alive, 2 missing after Pacific Ocean boat incident
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two of four people who were on a boat that didn't show up on schedule to the Federated States of Micronesia.
The Pacific Daily News reports that two people were found on Sunday floating in a debris field. The Coast Guard states one of those two people was still alive.
The survivor told rescuers that the two people still missing used gas cans as flotation devices to swim away from the boat.
Guam governor asks Defense Department to stop construction
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has called for the U.S. Department of Defense to halt military construction projects on the island until the shortage of foreign labor is remedied.
Federal immigration officials have denied most of the requests by Guam businesses to use temporary foreign labor under the H-2B visa program, the Pacific Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/2xQXNQ6 ) on Friday.
US government sues Guam over indigenous land law
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against Guam and the island's Chamorro Land Trust Commission saying the territory's government has violated provisions of the federal Fair Housing Act.
Delta ends flights between Guam and Japan, cites low demand
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Delta Air Lines has announced it will end flights between Japan and Guam because of low demand just days after another airline delayed Japan-Guam flights because of North Korea's threat to attack the U.S. island territory.
Demand was not strong enough for Delta to maintain the route and the last flight will take place in January, said airline spokesman Hiroko Okada.
US-North Korean tensions prompt delay in Guam-Japan flights
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have prompted a Hong Kong-based airline to delay flights between the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and Japan.
HK Express announced five weeks ago that it planned to start the flights on Oct. 29, but has since delayed flights until next summer "in view of geopolitical concerns in the region," Pacific Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/2xqBUab ).
Attorney: ‘Cautiously optimistic’ in clergy sex abuse talks
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Pre-mediation talks to discuss settling the more than 100 cases alleging child sex abuse by Guam clergy and others related to the church have begun.
The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2eFvBVz ) those attending the talks, which started Monday in Honolulu, say if the parties do not agree to written mediation protocols, formal mediation talks might not happen as planned in October, and the cases could go to trial.
Judge denies request for records on H-2B visa rejections
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A judge has denied a request for documents that would provide insight on why nearly all requests for use of temporary foreign labor on Guam under the H-2B visa program have been rejected by the federal government.