Edgar Concepcion (c.), 15, exits the courtroom in Charles City, Iowa. The Fil-Am was sentenced to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.


CHARLES CITY, Iowa — An emotionless Edgar Concepcion Jr. was led from the Charles City courtroom last Monday afternoon after being sentenced to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 30 years in connection with the July 2009 death of his three-year-old cousin Krystel Banes, daughter of Rene and Edvilla Banes, also of Charles City.


Evelyn Juan of the Bronx, N.Y. peeks at the window of the now closed Jermac shipping business.

A New Jersey-based balikbayan box shipping business is in hot water amid angry complaints by numerous Filipinos in the New York tri-state area and Pennsylvania whose boxes have remained undelivered for many months now to waiting families and relatives in the Philippines.




FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas approved an unusual $10 million settlement on Tuesday in a case involving deceased Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and roughly 4,000 acres in northern Tarrant County and 520 acres in Colorado.


Activists from the Student Immigrant Movement march in support of the DREAM Act.  (AP photo)


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has joined top congressional Democrats in urging Congress to pass a small piece of immigration legislation known as the DREAM Act before it adjourns for the year.


Images of what Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers see on airport security monitors.


With all the hullabaloo over heightened airport security screening measures — full-body X-ray scans which sees through clothing or the rigorous physical pat-down for those who refuse to pass the scanning machine — Winnie Ner of Jersey City, N.J. is fidgety about her upcoming trip to the Philippines with her husband Rene.

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