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Amy Schneider. Photo: Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP

“Jeopardy!” contestant Amy Schneider became the first woman in the history of the game show to surpass $1 million in winnings, doing so in her 28th episode of the show.

The big picture: Schneider is the fourth person in "Jeopardy!" history to take home more than $1 million. After winning $42,200 on Friday, her total tally is $1,019,001.

  • Schneider made history in December as the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.
  • The 42-year-old software engineering manager grew up watching the game show at home and was voted most likely to appear on “Jeopardy!” in eighth grade, per the New York Times.
  • “It’s not a sum of money I ever anticipated would be associated with my name,” Schneider told the Times.

Of note: The highest-earning contestant to play "Jeopardy!" is Ken Jennings, who earned a record $2.5 million in 2004 with a 74-game run.

What's next: Schneider's next “Jeopardy!” game will air on Jan. 10.

Go deeper: Why "super-champions" are dominating "Jeopardy!"

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Jan 7, 2022 - Sports

Why "super-champions" are dominating "Jeopardy!"

Amy Schneider. Photo: Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP

"Something streaky is happening on 'Jeopardy!' right now," The Ringer's Claire McNear reports.

State of play: Matt Amodio kicked off the show's 38th season with a 38-game winning streak (second-longest ever). More streaks followed, including Amy Schneider's current 27-game run (fourth-longest ever).

FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly COVID antibody treatments

A coldbox containing monoclonal antibody treatments at a Regeneron clinic in Pembroke Pines, Florida, in August. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The FDA said Monday it's limiting the use of two monoclonal antibody therapies as COVID-19 treatments because data indicates they're "highly unlikely" to be effective against the dominant Omicron variant.

Driving the news: The FDA revised the authorizations for Regeneron and Eli Lilly "to limit their use to only when the patient is likely to have been infected with or exposed to a variant that is susceptible to these treatments," per a statement from the agency.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

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