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Emails Confirm--FBI Was Looking for Gold at Pennsylvania Dig Site

FBI agents were looking for an extremely valuable cache of fabled Civil War-era gold—possibly tons of it—when they excavated a remote woodland site in Pennsylvania three years ago…

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