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Matt Lauer to Replace Alex Trebek as "Jeopardy!" Host?

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Is Matt Lauer's future in the game show business?  The New York Post reports the current Today show host is the front-runner to replace Alex Trebek as host of Jeopardy! in three years.

There have been rumors that Lauer is in danger of losing his job with NBC's Today show due to its ratings slump, and the Post's sources say that Lauer is "at the top of the list" of potential Trebek replacements.  Trebek is expected to leave Jeopardy! in 2016.

The newspaper further reports that another newsman, Anderson Cooper, is also in the mix, and that "he likes the idea" of hosting Jeopardy!  Cooper has some game show experience, having hosted the reality series The Mole. says Jeopardy! producer Sony Pictures Television has had "exploratory conversations" with Lauer, Cooper, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Sports' Dan Patrick.

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"Jeopardy!" Host Alex Trebek Released from Hospital

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has been released from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a mild heart attack on Saturday.

A rep for Sony Pictures Television, which produces Jeopardy!, said in a statement, "I am happy to report that Alex has been released from the hospital and is back at his home.  On his behalf, thank you again for your good wishes."

The 71-year-old host is expected to be back on the Jeopardy! set when production starts for the show's 29th season in July.

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Alex Trebek 'Up and About' Following Heart Attack

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is recovering well after a mild heart attack, according to a statement his representatives sent to ABC News.

"Alex is up and about and in good spirits while doctors complete their testing at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute," the statement reads. "He has been moved to a regular room today and looks forward to returning home as soon as his doctors give their approval."

Trebek's heart attack on Sunday was a mild one, just like his previous heart attack in 2007.

According to an earlier statement issued by his representatives, the 71-year-old longtime game show host was reportedly in good spirits and undergoing tests at the Los Angeles-based medical center. In those tests, cardiologists said Trebek's doctors were likely trying to determine how much damage his heart had sustained, and whether there were any severe blockages in his blood vessels.

Dr. Cam Patterson, physician-in-chief at the University of North Carolina Heart and Vascular Center, said Trebek's doctors were likely studying whether Trebek was at risk for another heart attack and how much damage his heart endured.

If Trebek has a blockage, he'll likely need a stent to open his blood vessels. But even then, it's possible that he could leave the hospital within a day and recover within a week or two.

Trebek's representatives said they expect Trebek to have recovered enough to tape the new season of Jeopardy! at the end of July.

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Journos, Politicos to Go Head-to-Head on “Jeopardy!”

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ever wondered how Anderson Cooper would fare against Chuck Todd in a game-show matchup? Can Chris Matthews’ knowledge of arcane trivia outdo Chris Wallace’s?

Viewers will discover the answers to these questions and more next month when top media contenders battle it out in a “Power Players” week of competition on Jeopardy!

For the third time in its history, the show is offering a star-studded cast of contestants including authors, journalists and politicos. The celebs will compete for a minimum of $50,000 per game to be donated to the charity of their choice. Contestants who don’t win will still earn $10,000 for their organizations.

The show announced its contestants Tuesday. Among the high-profile names are comedian Lewis Black, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and Todd, Fox News’ Dana Perino and Wallace along with CNN’s Cooper.

For Cooper, it’ll be a chance to reclaim some lost dignity. He didn't win money two years ago on Celebrity Jeopardy! in a matchup with winner Cheech Marin of comedy duo Cheech & Chong.  Matthews will also have a chance to do better than last time; he won second place, behind Charles Shaughnessy, best-known for his role as Maxwell Sheffield on The Nanny.

The “Jeopardy! Power Players” episodes will air May 14 to 18.

Here is the full list of who will play and what charities they will benefit:

Dana Perino                                  
Fox News Channel The Five

Chuck Todd                          
NBC News                               
Samaritan Inns                          

Chris Wallace
Fox News Sunday
Hope for the Warriors

Clarence Page
Chicago Tribune
American Institute for Stuttering

Dr. Mehmet Oz                     
The Dr. Oz Show

Lizzie O’Leary

Kelly O’Donnell
NBC News
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation

Chris Matthews
MSNBC Hardball and NBC The Chris Matthews Show
La Salle College High School

Katty Kay
BBC World News America
International Women’s Media Foundation

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer and Global Cultural Ambassador
Skyhook Foundation                         

Lewis Black
Stand-up comedian
52nd St. Project and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation                    

Anderson Cooper
CNN Anderson Cooper 360° and syndicated talk show Anderson
The Trevor Project

David Faber
CNBC The Faber Report and Squawk on the Street     
New Visions for Public Schools                      

Thomas L. Friedman           
The New York Times
Conservation International         

Robert Gibbs
Former White House Press Secretary
Pine Hills Literacy Project

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Want to Win at ‘Jeopardy!’? Champ Has an App for That

Sony Pictures Television(WASHINGTON) -- Roger Craig is one of the biggest winners ever on TV’s Jeopardy! He won $77,000 in a single day -- more than the record-setting Ken Jennings, even more than IBM’s Watson computer. In seven days, he racked up $231,200 in winnings.

The "Final Jeopardy" question on the last day that ended his streak was about sports.

He’s smart, but he didn’t just use his smarts to memorize a lot of trivia. He’s a computer scientist who was finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware when he first went on the game in 2010 -- and before playing he developed a computer app to help figure out the patterns of questions on the show.

In a talk at New York University, he said he went to a website called J! Archive, where fans have diligently recorded the clues on the show, game after game. He said the questions really aren’t random when you put them through a computer.

“A lot of people will say, ‘Oh, Jeopardy! asks about anything,’ but it really doesn’t,” he said in the NYU talk, posted on Vimeo. “It comes back to capitals, presidents, Shakespeare, and there are hundreds of other categories, but it will never ask really obscure things in an obscure field.”

He appears on the game show’s website, smiling with Alex Trebek and admitting that while he wasn’t surprised he won, he is a bit surprised at his new fame: “I was a little naïve about the power of television when I first was on.”

Craig has publicly said he’d like to reconfigure his app as an educational tool, though not with questions from Jeopardy!

He said he plans to give some of his winnings to Virginia Tech and the University of Delaware, where he studied.

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Alex Trebek Burglary Suspect Says She's a Prostitute, Not a Thief

Ben Hider/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The woman accused of breaking into Alex Trebek's hotel room in San Francisco last month and stealing from him says there's been a big misunderstanding.

She says she's not a burglar -- she's a prostitute.

An attorney for 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers tells the San Francisco Examiner that his client was at the Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco to meet with a john, who failed to answer the door when she knocked.  Moyers further claims she never entered Trebek's room, and that she fled from the Jeopardy! host because she didn't want hotel security to find out she was attempting to meet with a john.

Trebek has said he tore his Achilles tendon while chasing Moyers.

Moyers is accused of stealing $650, a bracelet and other items from the room where Trebek and his wife were staying.  She's pleaded not guilty to one count each of residential burglary and possession of stolen property.

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Computer Watson Wins 'Jeopardy!'s' 'Man vs. Machine' Competition

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- All hail Watson, the champion of Jeopardy!'s "man vs. machine" competition.

The IBM supercomputer defeated former Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Wednesday night after earning $77,147 over the course of the three-day tournament.  Jennings earned a total of $24,000, and Rutter earned $21,600.

Once Wednesday's game reached "Final Jeopardy," Jennings seemed to sense that Watson had the victory in the bag.  As part of his response to the "Final Jeopardy" "answer," Jennings wrote, "I for one welcome our new computer overlords."

Thanks to Watson, IBM will receive a total of $1 million, which it will donate to the World Vision and World Community Grid charities.  Jennings is awarded $300,000, and Rutter gets $200,000.  They'll donate 50 percent of their take to charity.

The tournament provided a big boost to Jeopardy!'s ratings.  Monday's edition of the long-running quiz show was the highest-rated in four years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Watson the Computer Has Comfortable Lead on 'Jeopardy!'

Photo Courtesy - IBM(LOS ANGELES) -- On the second day of the "man vs. machine" competition on Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter proved to be no match for the IBM supercomputer known as Watson.

Watson crushed his human opponents on Tuesday night's edition of Jeopardy!, raising its overall total to $35,734.  Rutter has $10,400 entering the final day of competition on Wednesday, while Jennings has $4,800.

Watson provided an unusual but amusing moment when it wagered $6,435 on a "Daily Double" question.  The audience laughed at the apparently random wager, and host Alex Trebek quipped, "I won't ask."

Watson entered another odd wager during "Final Jeopardy" -- $947 -- which it lost after giving an incorrect response to the following "answer": "Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle."  Jennings and Rutter, the two most successful contestants in Jeopardy! history, both correctly responded Chicago, but Watson guessed, "What is Toronto?????," with five question marks -- a sign the computer wasn't sure of its answer.

Tuesday's match-up was a continuation of the game that aired Monday night.  The third and final battle between Jennings, Rutter and Watson will air Wednesday.  The winner receives $1 million, with the runner-up getting $300,000 and the third-place finisher receiving $200,000.  IBM will donate all of its winnings to charity, and Jennings and Rutter will donate 50 percent of their take to charity.

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Computer, Human Tied After Day One of 'Jeopardy!' Challenge

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- So far, man is equal to machine on Jeopardy!

The IBM computing system Watson is tied with human player Brad Rutter following the first edition of the game show pitting Watson against the two most successful contestants in Jeopardy! history.  Watson and Rutter ended Monday's Jeopardy! tied at $5,000, with Ken Jennings trailing both, with $2,000.

The challenge of having a computer compete on Jeopardy! was evident when host Alex Trebek asked a question regarding the decade when the first modern crossword puzzle was published and Oreo cookies made their debut.  Jennings incorrectly answered the 1920s, after which Watson guessed, "What is 1920s?"  Trebek responded that Jennings had already made that guess.

Watson's battle with Rutter and Jennings will continue Tuesday and Wednesday.  They're all playing for charity, with the winner receiving $1 million.

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Man vs. Computer Debuts on 'Jeopardy!'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The game show Jeopardy! will pit man against machine.  In episodes airing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, two of the game show's most successful contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, will test their knowledge against the IBM computing system “Watson,” named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson.

The winner will receive $1 million, the runner-up will earn $300,000, and the third-place finisher will be awarded $200,000.  Jennings and Rutter will donate half of their winnings to charity. “Watson” won't get any money -- IBM is donating all of the computer's winnings to charity.

Jennings gained national attention by winning 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games and more than $2.5 million in 2004 and 2005. Jennings says the computer won during a recent test run, but was not infallible.

Rutter holds the record for the most money ever won on Jeopardy!, having earned nearly $3.26 million over the course of numerous appearances on the show in 2002 and 2005.

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