October 16th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/16/09

An interracial couple is denied a marriage license. The justice of the peace says he's not racist.  We're uncovering America. Plus, new details on the self-help guru at the center of a homicide investigation after two people died during a sweat lodge ceremony. Tonight, new insight on James Arthur Ray's spiritual retreat.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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  1. Caroline, Los Angeles

    G'night all! I'm working all weekend. yeesh..

    October 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Joanne

    I still can't believe that there are some people who actually buy the balloon story!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. chris ct

    haha-Andersonis right, you can't make this stuff up (Viera keeps talking while kid is barfing).

    October 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Isabel Siaba

    Good night Anderson, David (Indiana) and bloggers!
    Great show today!!!

    See you next week! ! Have a great weekend!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Isabel Siaba

    You're right, Anderson!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Karen Gonyea, MN

    Good Night. Have a nice weekend!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Welcome Karen!!! Congrats Dr. Gupta for his new book!
    Good night Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and Martina my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!!
    Have a great weekend!
    See you on Monday night!
    Day of the shot with funny Clintons to be pretend this Halloween's day! Funny shot!
    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you on Monday night!!! Have a plenty sleep!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Of course the most important thing about the "mask" show this morning....did Anderson's hair get messed up?

    October 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Good night guys

    October 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Caroline, Los Angeles

    No more throw up!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. david james

    Look at the woman whose baby was dragged by the train. Notice the reaction on finding him/her safe. Relief. Not auditioning for a reality show.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Emily

    Have a great weekend Anderson, Erica & Martina!!!! 😛

    YAY, the Beat360!!!!

    Great way to end the week....lots of great topics tonight!!!

    The shot was SO funny! 😛 😛 Thanks!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Lori

    Sweet dreams. Have a wonderful weekend.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  14. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good nigt everyone!

    Have a great weekend....Anderson & Erica you guys are too funny!

    Fellow chatters...best of times this weekend.

    Great shots!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Cheryl K. Sask Canada

    The shot is back? That's good.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Karen Gonyea, MN

    Anderson you were so cute on Regis and Kelly!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone. Have a wonderful weekend!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Have a great weekend everyone – I just got Dr Gupta's book and will read that this rainy weekend. I am so glad that baby is ok, i gasped when i saw the footage and covered my eyes. Don't know why. Glad Beat 360 was tonight! 🙂

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Goodnight everyone. Peace to all of you and yours.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    I wish you a good silent weekend, enjoy your weekend
    This week i didnt missed any Ac 360 show.Very good job.Thank you go deeper to the storries.Thank you all AC 360 Dream Team,Thank you Erica.
    Good night and a very good weekend to Emily,Megan and Starr,and the blogginfamily

    October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  21. lisal -canada

    glad that babe is OK.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Caroline, Los Angeles

    That subway picture is terrible to watch.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  23. Isabel Siaba

    Proof that God exists are events like these!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Jane - Vt

    Good night everyone. Have a good weekend.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Can't Ensign get another $96,000 from his parents for his campaign?

    October 16, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Annette DiEdoardo

    The news of the interacial couple being denied a marriage license in LA is of no surprise to me. I grew up in the same parish, but I am orginally from and now live in the north. In the late 1960's this area still had separate entrances for whites and blacks at local doctor's offices and businesses. In 1968 when our town was forced to intergrate the public schools, white parents were so threathened by the possiblity of interracial relationships developing amoung their sons and daughters that they placed their children in private schools. There were still many whites that couldn't afford private schools so to resolve the issue, the boys and girls were separated within the school system. The "all white" school became the "all girls" school and the "all black" school became the "all boys" school." That didnt change until 1979, the year I graduated.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am doing great, Thanks! HUGS! 🙂

    October 16, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  28. dale

    Addition to my earlier comment , HEENEE FAMILY,

    wht they wanted was PUBLICITY and they got it .. GREAT !

    October 16, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Matthew

    Regarding the Sweat Lodge deaths: There are two subjects that I have not yet heard addressed. The first is the blue plastic tarp that was used in the construction of the sweat lodge. Anyone who has taken part in genuine Native American ceremony's and incorporates them into their spirituality would know that using plastic in the construction of the lodge would create an extremely unsafe environment for the participants. The second, and arguably more important, factor is that from a spiritual perspective it is all but forbidden to accept money in exchange for participation in a sweat lodge ceremony. That would be tantamount to charging a cover charge to enter any other mainstream house of worship. Sweat lodges are the equivalent of a church, or mosque or temple. These charlatans who seek to profit from Native American religious tradition should be held accountable for their failures.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  30. Cheryl K. Sask Canada

    These near death stories are so interesting. Hope we get to see many more of them. A really good show tonight.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  31. starr, formerly known as vincent

    One of the eight? Same on you Anderson...LOL

    October 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  32. Deb

    RE: Cheating Death

    Very interesting story tonight. Thanks Sanjay. Maybe that lady in your story wasn't really in Heaven like she thinks....didn't she say her X-spouse was there?

    Have a great evening everyone at CNN.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.
    I agree with you, It is so hard to watch baby stroller just almost going to track, it is very scary to see baby, I am glad baby is safe now, I think that mom tried grab stroller inside baby his safety fast.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  34. Isabel Siaba

    Dr. Gupta, as always, has the gift of words!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Emily

    This is so interesting hearing Dr.Sanjay Gupta talking about his book and his career in general. This is all very interesting.
    I'm sure that his book is a fascinating read!!

    October 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Martina Ilstad Germany

    When i watched this baby photos in the first time i was really shocked,
    a nightmare for a mother.but than they told the baby was safe.There must be a engel by the baby side .

    October 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  37. starr, formerly known as vincent

    These stories by Sanjay are truly startling and amazing!

    Wow, Lara's story is really, really amazing in terms of her survival. I am retired RN, and i have Never seen a resusitation last that long.

    Am definitely buying that book!

    I had a near death experience too. am very thankful to the team that brought me back.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
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