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    Ten years ago when the historic London house where Benjamin Franklin lived for 18 years was being converted into a museum, workers made a ghastly discovery in the basement. There, in a 1-square-meter hole dug to test the underlying ground, more than 2,000 bones were found buried in that tiny space.

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    Man behind the political giants

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