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August 4th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/04/09

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We're just getting word of a deadly shooting at a health club near Pittsburgh. There are reports of several deaths. We'll have the breaking details for you tonight on AC360°. Plus, coming home. Two Americans freed from a North Korean prison with help from former President Bill Clinton.

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  1. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    what doesn't Gergen do! Always look forward to his aspects on news

    August 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Alonzo

    Bill Clinton is demonstrating why he was our greatest president! Go Bill Go!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I cant help but think that since Kim Jong IL is ill that his conscious is finally catching up with him and thats why he pardoned the women. Either way, all turned out good!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Michael

    Thanks for President Clinton, he has been the messenger of hope for these two women and he deserves great admiration!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Fay - California

    It's great to finally see the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling and that the diplomatic efforts of Bill Clinton, et al resulted in a positive outcome.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  6. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Angel Manners, I bet you're right!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Good evening everyone! 🙂 Sad news on the 5 persons killed @ the gym 🙁

    August 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening. Kudos to the Obama administration, Secretary Clinton, and former President Clinton for a job well done in getting Laura and Euna out of North Korea and on their way home!

    I've never been afraid of going to the gym in the evening. Maybe I should rethink that in the future.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  9. L. Carilo, Highlands Ranch, CO

    Today's a good day. God Bless Ms. Lee, Ms. Ling and President Clinton. God Bless America. Our prayers have been answered. ~ L.C.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Raj

    It's nice that Euna and Laura are coming back. But 12 years of labor camp??? Going too far?!?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    I wouldn't doubt they will post something on the Current TV website. What an interesting story for them to tell...

    August 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Megan B in NC

    I am VERY glad that Mr. Clinton went and rescued them. But Why in the world does N.Korea think they have the right to keep them and put them under such tragic pressure?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Erica

    Should be very good read such stories about their co-workers

    August 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. ilan, in Delhi

    Hi Erica

    Great job covering for AC. What great news from North Korea

    The GYM shooting is a sad reminder of the crazy world we live at

    Keep up the good job

    August 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. John in Arizona

    Bill Clinton – Under Secretary of State

    August 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Howard Emanuel

    Erica,

    Great job tonight! Time for your own show, I think...! 😉

    Best,

    Howard Emanuel

    August 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Jonathan, Pittsburgh

    Glad to see CNN picked up the tragic shooting story just outside of Pittsburgh. Two tragic shooting events in less than 4 months. First our officers and now fellow citizens being killed. A sad day here in Western PA.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Isabel, Brazil

    I love to see Laura and Euna being interviewed by Anderson

    August 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Shilpee, Austin TX

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica, and the team!

    Great news about the two journalists!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Angel Manners

    I am sure a made for tv movie is already in the works

    August 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Isabel, Brazil

    I was 10 days away from my son and felt my heart-break and so much concern.
    The reunion is so great joy for a mother, especially in such a situation!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    Hi everyone, it is a good night for sure and for certain. Former prez.., Bill Clinton did well in bringing home Euna and Laura. Thank god and all the men and women who helped to make this possible.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  23. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ Minou, NYC

    You make an excellent point. It's sad to hear that their little girl started drawing picutures without her mother in them.

    But, i'm pretty sure she'll remember when she see's her tomorrow.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Nancy

    I hope Laura and Euna write a book.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Miriam Cooper, NY

    Hi Anderson,

    Oh, that was a gruesome shooting !

    August 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Jerry

    Reap the benefits?
    Wow.
    Who said that phrase?
    That's an odd way to thank a former President.
    I am glad the 2 journalists are alive!!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  27. LorenaR

    I think CNN can feel very proud of the role you played in this whole drama. Of course the highest credit goes to Mr Clinton, but you kept it, the story, in front of the public and would not let us forget. i love CNN, love everyone on it, except Lou dobbs. but tonite, even he is ok

    August 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Dodie ~ California

    Very happy to see the journalists are being returned. I never expected the DPRK to keep them for even 1 year. They just wanted to make a statement to the world, not to trespass on their land!

    Very good news!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Minou, New York City

    I'm glad this little girl will have her mommy back! I hope she'll remember her.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Isabel, Brazil

    Usually in the news media the news are so hard.
    Today was very good to know the end of stories so good!

    Laura Ling and Euna Lee, welcome back at home!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Jerry

    I think Bill and Hillary Clinton make a great team!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Michelle in L.A

    Hi Everyone –

    Wow, the economy is bad and the craziest of the craziest are out in force.

    Hip Hip Horray for the release of those from North Korean's -Ling and Lee. Wonderful ending. So so happy for the bit of good news.

    Congrats to Ex Pres. Clinton, Pres Obama, Sec of State Hillary. Now all others out there, stop putting your self in this situation. Stay 500 feet from any border lines.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    Just goes to show we still have a need for Bill Clinton.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Angel Manners

    I guess Clinton is really is a Super Ex-President

    August 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am happy to hear that Luna Lee and Laura Ling are coming back to America. Wether or not Clinton was there to 'Reap the benefits' doesnt matter, what matters is that two families are getting their loved ones back

    August 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi Randi-Kaye too. You are on so many stories! and doing great work!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Monica M. Williams

    I am so elated to see Ling and Lee's release. Wow! I think everyone's prayers have been answered today.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Kathy Chicago

    Hi Erica! Good for Bill Clinton. It's nice to hear some good news.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Lori

    Hi. So glad to hear about Euna and Laura!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Minou, New York City

    Woohoo, hi Erica, so good to see you anchoring again!

    I'm so glad Clinton got the women out of N. Korea! Let the rounds of interviews begin...I am curious about what they have to say, though I doubt they would say anything negative about their treatment now.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Not good night to hear 5 killed and 30 injury at Wal-mart in Pennsylvania, My hearts goes to victim's families..... Very terrible news! 🙁

    August 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hey Erica! Great to see back in the "big" chair (where is Anderson? I hope he is now having a well deserved vacation.)Hello Team 360.

    Hello fellow bloggers...what about Bill Clinton! The women are coming home!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Sean, AZ

    That was very nice of Clinton. 🙂

    August 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Isabel, Brazil

    The physiognomy of them looks good!
    And they seem very happy and is not for less.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Hi Erica and all bloggers. Terrible about the gym shooting. But I am so thrilled about Euna and Laura. Way to go Bill!!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Isabel, Brazil

    Hello Erica!
    Hello everyone… AC360 team, David (Indiana) and bloggers!

    A day with great news is so good... but this news now isn't good!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Angel Manners

    I can't believe someone would be so angry at fit people

    August 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo (Anderson), Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Yes!!!!!! I am so exciting for 2 Americans freed, I like to say thanks former president Bill Clinton!!! That's good news for me!! Yay!!!! That is so relief to hear their families!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Sean, AZ

    Hello everyone!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Erica and everyone. Its only Tuesday. (!?)

    August 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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