The NYTimes published an article on the Watson project at IBM Research that is building a QA System to compete on Jeopardy.
David Ferrucci is managing the project and is collaborating with Eric Nyberg at the LTI. Both David and Eric worked on UIMA, a plug-in framework for language analysis components. I wonder if they are leveraging one of the CMU QA systems OpenEphyra or Javelin.
Perhaps coicidentally, there was also a recent QA paper from Noah Smith at CMU What is the Jeopardy Model? A Quasi-Synchronous Grammar for QA.