September 30th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/30/09

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A double dose of tragedy in the South Pacific. Another earthquake strikes.  Thousands of people are reportedly trapped. We'll take you inside the rescue effort.   Plus, a five-year-old takes on an alligator. A 40 pound boy versus an 800 pound gator. This kid isn't shy.

Want to know what else we're covering? <strong><a href="http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/category/the-buzz/&#034; target="_blank">Read EVENING BUZZ</a></strong>

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Cessy, Chicago IL

    have a good night everyone! Great show tonight, Anderson!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. John-Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

    Good night Anderson and Erica!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Another case of animals being abused and exploited by stupid humans.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Wow, very fast blog tonight. Thank you and good night Anderson, Erica and Team 360.

    Good night too fellow bloggers.

    The shot: Amazing that no one was really hurt, especially the elephant. And yes, i remember the "hungry" elephants...LOL

    Prayers for all those affected by earthquakes and tsunami in the Pacific.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Dodie - California

    Good night everyone. Have a wonderful evening and week.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Anthonia-Bay Area,California

    GoodNight All! Great show as always!!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Jane - Vt

    Good night everyone. Great show tonight as always.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Enjoy the night!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Karen Gonyea MN

    Good Night!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you Friday night!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Day of the shot with Elephants burst in the hotel!!!! Awwww! I do love elephants!!! Cool shot!!! I love this shot! Awesome shot!
    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you Friday night!!!
    Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    September 30, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Cynthia, NC

    Geez, stay out of the way of hungry elephants!
    Good night everyone.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Krista-Wabash, IN

    @ Mike

    To simply answer your question:

    "All evil needs is for good men (or women) to do nothing".

    And sad to say the people who should be closely involved are doing nothing.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Those poor elephants

    September 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Tracy

    Hello Anderson,
    Huge fan and first comment on the blog.

    Of course, Health Insurance Companies make life very difficult for people; as a finance person this is simple for me, and I coach others on this stuff. I am passonate about those who are very ill, trying to get better, and have added stress to deal with insurance.

    How much is "left on the table" from consumers – I would love to personally audit the Insurance Co records! I guarantee I would find a bundle !! Let's team up for this investigation!

    Keep up the great work! My best....Tracy

    September 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Minou, New York City

    Poor elephants.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  17. CURTIS

    There's no reason for anyone to speak about Polanski AT ALL. None of them have any first-hand relation to the incident. Why should anybody speak out against Polanski–to be a busy body?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    "Erica Hill, If all of Hollywood isn’t behind Polanski, where are the ones who want him to serve time? Are they afraid they’ll be blacklisted if they speak out?"

    @Mike, Syracuse, NY, I agree. I haven't heard one celebrity speak out against Polanski and they don't speak out against Woody Allen either, in fact quite the opposite, they are always praising him.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  19. LisaL - Canada

    palin'l book – just in time for christmas – if they have any of those Palin dolls left they can sell them as a package deal!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  20. jane MI

    My insurance company denied my son's treatment(tx) on the claim it was
    *experimental/investigational* (untrue) I still continued with my son's tx due to his condition (paid $11-$12,000+) and after 1-1/2yrs+ of endless calls, copies of medical records/doc, trying to appeal this (extremely frustrating and I was about to give up the appeal) they finally reported they made a *mistake* and that it all was approved, sent retro check

    September 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I guess Palin is getting the last laugh. Maybe she's not so stupid after all.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Minou, New York City

    Great, raise your kids to kill animals. Way to go,Dad!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Sheri Samotin

    I'm a medical billing advocate. I help people with mountains of medical bills get what they are entitled to. The Medical Billing Advocates of America estimates that 9 out of 10 medical bills have some kind of an error. That doesn't even deal with the insurance companies playing games to avoid paying correct bills. Patients should fight back Hire a medical billing advocate to help you - most of us work on contingency - if we don't find you savings and get your claims straightened out, you don't pay us.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    To tell is to set yourselves free!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  25. David, Indiana

    Private companies with private records pay taxes and those records are public are they not?

    It is ridiculous that the woman in W. Virginia's broken arm was covered and then regarded as a pre-existing condition. Great instance of the need for health insurance reform. That's part of what's going on in congress right now though.

    I hope all the heated rhetoric doesn't make people turn away from the proposed health care reforms.

    Tufts students don't have enough consideration to not force their roomates to have be in the room while they're having sex?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
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