NC Senate pardons Reconstruction leader

The North Carolina Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to pardon Reconstruction-era Gov. William Holden, convicted of impeachment charges and removed from office for his role in halting Ku Klux Klan activities 140 years ago.

Last month, efforts to pardon Holden, the first governor removed from office in the United States, were put on hold because Senate Republicans weren’t unified on whether to absolve him for actions stemming from his opposition to the Klan.

Holden gained infamy in post-antebellum North Carolina for his efforts to combat the Klan. In the late 1860s, he hired two dozen detectives to try to thwart the intimidation tactics of the group.

The detective unit was not overly successful in limiting Klan activities, but Holden’s efforts exceeded those of other Southern governors.

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Rare German bomber found off England

A sonar survey of the English Channel has revealed a German bomber shot down during the Battle of Britain, showing the plane to be in a “startling state of preservation.”

The Dornier 17 ditched in the sea just off the coast of southeast England in 1940 and came to rest upside-down in 50 feet of water.

The plane, thought to be the world’s last known surviving Dornier 17 of 1,700 produced, was hidden for years by shifting sands at the bottom of the sea.

Ian Thirsk of the RAF Museum at Hendon in London told the BBC he was “incredulous” when he first heard of the bomber’s existence.

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Why Royal Bank shouldn’t give up on RBC

Royal Bank of Canada made news last week when it was learned the Toronto-based financial services giant may be shopping its US banking operation.

Royal Bank, which operates 420 bank branches under the RBC Bank moniker in the Southeastern US, is exploring a possible sale of its US consumer bank after a decade-long, money-losing foray south of the border, according to several publications.

But at least one market analyst says Royal Bank would be foolish to divest itself of its US holdings, which include nine South Carolina branches and more than $375 million in Palmetto State deposits.

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