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Talking Points: C+ could equal $1 million, public enemy No. 1, overwhelmed IRS website

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When does a C+ equal $1 million?

According to a Pennsylvania graduate student, when her C+ kept her from getting her desired degree and becoming a licensed therapist.

Graduate student Megan Thode has sued her professor and Lehigh University, seeking a grade change and $1.3 million. Teacher Amanda Eckhardt says Thode earned 0 out of 25 points in class participation because she had outbursts in class, did not participate appropriately, was emotionally unstable and failed to heed a warning letter.

That knocked her down one letter grade to a C+ and prevented her from moving on to the next class and advancing in her professional therapist studies. She got a master's degree in human development instead.

Who is public enemy No. 1?

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been named Chicago's new public enemy No. 1 -- the first person since that title was given to Al Capone during Prohibition. Guzman, who has probably never been to Chicago, is the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, a major drug supplier in the city. The idea is to inspire more public support for going after him.

Why is the IRS website moving so slowly?

The IRS says its Where's My Refund webpage and smartphone app are being overwhelmed by overeager taxpayers checking the status of their tax refunds.

To avoid delays, the agency is asking taxpayers to check only once a day, preferably during the night or on weekends.

The site points out that taxpayers receive their refunds in less than three weeks after they have filed online.

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