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HONOLULU (AP) — The American Samoa government says it will appeal a ruling granting U.S. citizenship to those born in the territory. A federal judge recently sided with three American Samoans in Utah who want to be recognized as citizens. But many in American Samoa say they're happy being U.S. nationals who can't vote in most federal elections or run for office outside the islands. They fear being granted birthright U.S. citizenship would threaten American Samoa's way of life, which includes communal living and set times for family prayer. An attorney for the three seeking citizenship says the territory's customs and cultures evolve, and there are laws protecting them.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police in Salt Lake City say a woman was found dead inside an apartment after an officer was wounded in a shootout with a man inside the unit. Officers responded to the apartment in a downtown complex at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Police say the suspect began firing his weapon at police from inside the apartment. The wounded officer was struck in his lower extremities. He was in stable condition and is expected to survive. The suspect was found a few blocks away with a gunshot wound. The relationship between the woman and the suspect wasn't immediately known.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is paying public employees to travel to Mexico to fill their prescription medications in a program aimed at reducing the high cost of prescription drugs. State officials say about 10 people have participated in the program, saving Utah about $225,000 in the year since it's been created. Now they're expanding to Canada. It's one of several ways states are experimenting to cut the high cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. California is considering launching its own generic-drug label. Louisiana negotiated a flat fee for certain drugs. Other states are looking into importing drugs from other nations.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials have re-opened the only road in and out of a Utah ski area east of Salt Lake City that was closed for days after multiple avalanches. Alta Ski Area visitors and employees were required to stay indoors until Little Cottonwood Canyon reopened Saturday. The Alta and Snowbird resorts had been closed since Wednesday and the rest of the canyon since Thursday. Visitor Kathy Ogsbury of Denver says it's been fun eating, drinking and reading, but she's ready to leave. Alta spokeswoman Andria Huskinson says she doesn't remember the last time the lodge was locked down for two days.

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