The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first U.S. law to shut out an immigrant group based on nationality. It prevented Chinese laborers from entering the country. It also gave rise to fake documents. The law was repealed in 1943. But 70 years later, many Chinese-Americans are still piecing together the true identities of their ancestors.
Government-sponsored drug consumption rooms may be helping save the lives of drug users in Denmark. Addicts can use drugs safely and without being judged in the "fix rooms," which have medical staff on duty to treat overdoses.
Britain is a maritime nation that a century or two ago boasted the world's largest navy. Today, the names of shipping areas in the surrounding seas are embedded in the British national psyche — thanks to the BBC's Shipping Forecast bulletin, a cultural phenomenon beloved by seafarers and landlubbers alike.
Universities and hospitals are training residents by having them practice on realistic replicas of actual patients' brains. The high-tech stand-ins allow the students to learn by making mistakes, something they're not able to do when real patients are involved.
Forty seven people died in July when a freight train derailed and dozens of tanks carrying oil exploded and caught fire. Much of Lac-Megantic was leveled. For the first time since then, freight cars will travel through this week. Officials say they'll only carry "dry goods." Residents are worried.
Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday in his ancestral village. The leader's death has some South Africans worried about how the country, and the African National Congress, will move forward without him. For more, host Michel Martin speaks to NPR's Africa correspondent, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.
Thamsanqa Jantjie was on stage last week with President Obama and other world leaders at a service for Nelson Mandela. He's told a newspaper that in 2003 he helped hand out "mob justice." Two alleged thieves were burned to death. Jantjie wasn't prosecuted. He was judged to be mentally unfit.
Michelle Bachelet defeated her conservative rival Sunday with 62 percent of the vote. The center-left candidate was previously president from 2006-10. Although extremely popular when she left office, Bachelet was constitutionally barred from seeking a second consecutive term.
A retired butler has been "completely overwhelmed" by the response to a story about him in The Irish Post. James Gray put an ad in the paper, saying he's spent the last 10 Christmases alone, and he wanted this year to be different.
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