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FILE - This April 19, 2010 file photo shows then New York Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson at the 2010 Matrix Awards in New York. Abramson is speaking to the class of 2014 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Monday, May 19, 2014, her first public appearance since her dismissal from The New York Times. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

FILE - This April 19, 2010 file photo shows then New York Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson at the 2010 Matrix Awards in New York. Abramson is speaking to the class of 2014 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Monday, May 19, 2014, her first public appearance since her dismissal from The New York Times. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

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