THE STARTING 5: The Jeopardy GOAT, Robot Kitties and the House is Back in Session

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We're now a full week into the New Year with Australia still on fire and lawmakers returning to Washington D.C. to deal with a fresh foreign-policy debate and the continuing impeachment drama.

Here's what you need to know today.

The Jeopardy! GOAT

Is James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter the best Jeopardy player ever? We're about to find out. The three men face off starting tonight in a special prime-time format: two matches per night; the first player to win three nights wins $1 million. Holzhauer, Jennings and Rutter are fan favorites—but the fourth man onstage is even more beloved. Alex Trebek, the revered, longtime host of the show, has been open about his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jeopardy! GOAT
From left, Holzhauer, Rutter and Jennings appear on "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" challenge. The multinight event begins on ABC on January 7. Eric McCandless/ABC

Australia Wildfires Rage On

Devastating wildfires continue to spread across Australia, with the country's government pledging to invest "whatever it takes" to help its citizens and wildlife recover. At least 30 people have been killed nationwide since September, and more than 2,000 homes are reported to have been destroyed by the bushfires. Recent rainfall has been a relief but it's not enough to have a long-term impact, experts say.

Australia Fire
Smoke raises to the sky as a woodchip mill burns in Eden, in Australia's New South Wales state on January 6, 2020. SAEED KHAN / AFP/Getty

The House to Vote on Limiting Trump's War Powers

Lawmakers return to Washington this week, with the Democratic-controlled House looking to limit Donald Trump's military powers in the wake of the U.S. strike on Iran. The drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani has pushed the politics of impeachment lower down on the Capitol Hill agenda.

Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 19, 2019. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty

Robot Kitties Take Over CES in Vegas

One of the largest annual consumer tech trade shows, CES, happening this week in Las Vegas. The innovations already creating buzz? Robot kitties, food shopping based on your DNA, smart trash cans that tie up garbage and a Hydrofoil bike that brings cycling to the water. And, yes, Alexa for the shower. Kohler announced a new shower head with a smart speaker and built-in Alexa voice assistant. This is the first time Apple returns to the show since the PDA, personal digital assistant, debuted here in 1992. Apple is expected to talk about consumer privacy in our digital age.

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Representatives from Yukai Engineering display Qoobo, a therapeutic robot in the form of a cushion and a tail during a press event for CES 2020 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 5, 2020 in Las Vegas. David Becker/Getty Images

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

You may have thrown out your Christmas tree but the holiday isn't over for everyone. In the Eastern Orthodox church, Christmas is celebrated today—January 7—thanks to the differences between the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Many Christians in Russia—home to roughly half of the world's Orthodox Christians—Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia, Egypt and Ethiopia will celebrate the holiday today.

Orthodox Christmas
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