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Tracking Hurricane Irene and the Battle for Tripoli: Join the Live Chat
August 24th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Tracking Hurricane Irene and the Battle for Tripoli: Join the Live Chat

Hurricane Irene is striking the Bahamas and taking aim at the U.S. It's expected to grow to a category four storm when it goes into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean tomorrow. We'll have the latest on it's projected path. Plus, pro-Gadafi forces try to halt the momentum of opposition fighters in Tripoli. We'll have live reports from our reporters in the Libyan capital. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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  1. Emily

    I second that Anderson! ONLY the Very Best to Mr. Jobs & his family.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  2. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Fate walked in those pictures, once again.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  3. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Hi everyone! Sorry i am so late.

    Just wanted to say Hurray!! Matthew & crew & all of the others are free! God bless their enormous courage and Great reporting!

    Not surprised the man was the beneficiary of Robin G,s insurance policy. Guilty! Great reporting by Martin S.

    It's so late i'm going to say good night to All. I wish you a safe and peaceful tomorrow.

    I'lll watch the 10PM show to catch up and will read the blog in about 10 mins.

    Wow, Steve Jobs is resigning. God, i hope his health is Not deteriorating.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  4. Emily

    This is such a creepy story, in many ways. (what's happened in Aruba)
    It seems to be the plot of a Crime/Mystery Novel only...not something that would happen in real-life. Very tragic

    August 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  5. Eugenia

    Very proud of Chad tonight, he called it like it is.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  6. Cathy

    How could anyone take out a $1.5 million policy on someone he basically just met and not know he is totally incriminating himself!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    If he wants to claim insurance he has to go to police to get a report he must explain every thing so what he was thinking

    August 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow, That will be scary one I have heard Washington mountum as crack! Yikes!
    Good night Anderson, everyone and my friends!!!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    Thanks for coming in, for join us tonight! 🙂
    Anderson,
    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!
    See you next hour at 10pm!!!!!! I can't wait for see you, Yipeeee!! LOL!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  9. Sharon Hastings

    How stupid and transparent can this guy be with that insurance policy?? He might as well have "I killed her" tatooed on his forehead. I heard he had previously tried to get another woman to go there with him but she refused. I think he had this master plan and it didn't matter to him who it was that accompanied him. He was going to kill whoever it was for the insurance money.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      I agree, Sharon!!!!! I know how are feeling right now!

      August 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  10. Paula, Colorado

    Hope the Hurricane turns away from the coast.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Me too, I hope so, Paula!

      August 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  11. lisal -canada

    that was an interesting leap – should perhaps call it the "fettucini" model vs the "spaghetti" model – i'll have to remember that

    August 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  12. Emily

    Hurricane Irene is really different! That hurricane is hitting places that are not normally places that see a hurricane, do that?
    I wonder if that means that there will be even more damage?

    August 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  13. Grant

    Ghadafi is a symbol for victory but not the end game. It is clear he can't or won't fight. He is hiding like a coward. They need schools, hospitals and safe streets for their children's sake. It's time to refocus our lens do they have food water are they in a similar position to the ones journalists were facing? We may soon have a humanitarian crisis.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  14. Janis

    Blogger Sharon H. is waiting for the turn. This is a nail biting experience for East Coasters. Hope it misses everybody.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      You bet Janis!! Pretty scary.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  15. lisal -canada

    i suppose for a number of reasons it is always wise to have an evacuation plan including a gotta-leave-now list of items

    August 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  16. Nina

    The Eastern Seaboard has really been taking a beating. First the earthquake and now Hurricane Irene. My heart goes out to those profoundly affected.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Hi Nina,
      Thanks for your kind comment to East coast very important to do....... My thoughts exactly what you said.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
      • Nina

        Hi Megan. Difficult to wait, expecting a category 4 hurricane coming in your direction. It must be terrifying.

        August 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  17. Paula, Colorado

    Not at all good news in the Aruba case.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  18. lisal -canada

    i was sure wondering about that huge stockpile of mustard gas materials – the plant was mentioned awhile ago – that amount is pretty scary

    August 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point question..... I have heard that stockpile all mustard gas and guns will take over by Rebels and NATO as well, Lisa.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Libyans asked peaceful transaction 6 months back Gadafi said blood for blood now he wants cease fire he didn’t know that games is over

    August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Janis

      Could the son be acting on his own? I missed part of it.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  20. Nina

    Interesting that the WMD has not been addressed. I would think, that would be top priority.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  21. Emily

    Is much known about Tim Cook?
    (Who is now the new CEO of Apple)

    August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Cathy

      He's been with Apple for years. He has been acting CEO for quite a while. First when Steve Jobs was out for some months with his liver transplant and more recently when Steve Jobs went out on a leave of absence several months ago. The company's success has continued under his watch.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
      • Emily

        Thanks Cathy!
        It's amazing, isn't it? Apple becomes that #1 company in America - in every way, really. I don't think I've ever heard his name before. If I have, it was only in passing and it didn't stay with me. It such will now.

        August 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Tim Cook is also known as CEO already replace for Steve at least, Emily.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  22. Emily

    Does anyone know which son Saadi is? (eldest, youngest,)

    August 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Oldest, Emily.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  23. Sharon Hastings

    I wouldn't necessarily trust any of these offers to broker a deal for a cease fire.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  24. Janis

    Where's all the tracking software that we were all up in arms about a few months ago. Can't they tell exactly where he is at with today's tech?

    August 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Grant

      Not if he is underground and using tunnels. However their are major resources for tracking him if he surfaces.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
      • Janis

        He'll be down there a very long, long time. Wow.

        August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  25. Nina

    Must be so difficult to be living in those conditions. Listening to firing all night long. Fearful of going outside.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  26. Nina

    Good evening everyone

    August 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  27. Emily

    I don't think that Quaddafi will be found alive. He seems way too eccentric, and would rather been viewed/remembered as a martyr by the Libyan people.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Janis

      Hi Emily. We thought that about Sadaam H. too and he wound up in a hole looking very shaky. You never know. I think the Libyans will find him one way or another. Very soon hopefully.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
      • Emily

        Hi Janis! I hope that he's found very soon, too. What you mentioned about Sadaam H. is very true. The thing about him was as evil as he was, I don't ever recall him appearing to be drugs, like LSD, etc. Appears to be an extra something, with him. So long as he's found, hopefully sooner than later.

        August 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
        • Janis

          I agree. Forgot about the drugs.

          August 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  28. Paula, Colorado

    Fascinating discussion, Anderson. I'd think it would be difficult for Gadhafi to remain hidden for too long. He never seemed to want to leave Libya.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • vic , nashville ,tn

      Hard for him to hide long because of his lifestyle

      August 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  29. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Stay safe A. Damon, you and your crew!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  30. Janis

    If he felt defeated and was normal, he'd probably go to his tribal home. He's not normal so who knows.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  31. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Isha & Bloggers!
    The coverage that Matthew Chance has provided from Libya has been top quality journalism.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, He is!!!! He is so brave guy I know him so well!!!!

      August 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  32. Lori - CA

    This is a very volatile situation in Libya. Gadahafi's quirkieness is somewhat amusing but should not be discounted in any way. He is a very dangerous and leaves a lot of resources open for misuse surely.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  33. Janis

    I think journalists can easily become hostages in these middle eastern uprisings. Alot of blame is being thrown towards the media for unrest. I don't believe that but some of these dictators need some sort of justification since they believe they are such 'great magnanimous' leaders and their people are so 'happy'. Gadhafi regime lost perspective.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point Janis!!!!!!!! You 're exactly right!!!!!

      August 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  34. Cathy

    It's very sad that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO although most thought this would eventually happen given his health issues. I'm glad to hear that he will remain as Chairman so that he can continue to provide his vision. I wish him all the best with his health issues. He and Apple are truly something for which America can be proud.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Steve had cancer right now......He decided that he step down nothing to do Apple Company as well.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
      • Cathy

        Yes, he had a liver transplant a couple years ago. I think Apple will be fine but initial reaction by investors will be startling.

        August 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
        • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

          Yes, Cathy...... He already have tranplant his liver...... You're right, Cathy.... Apple co will do it without him! 🙂

          August 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  35. lisal -canada

    wow – steve jobs stepping down is a big deal

    August 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • vic , nashville ,tn

      I agree
      This is Part of the game and it was breaking news also at 5.50 Pm CT

      August 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
      • Cathy

        What game?

        August 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
        • vic , nashville ,tn

          Don’t you think kind of apple promotion, so tomorrow financial pundits will talk about this

          August 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
          • Cathy

            The news was broken after the stock market closed, the same way earnings are always announced after the market closes. After hours trading on the stock was halted when the announcement was released, which is often times the case when earnings are announce especially if they are such that the stock with react with a significant change. The pundits are already talking about it tonight. As for the announcement, I think it was handled in the best way it could be handled to have the least amount of impact given the market was closed. Now there is time for stockholders to think about this before tomorrow. It is very significant in that almost all mutual funds have a significant holding. Nothing is a game; just a sad health situation for a real genius.

            August 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
            • vic , nashville ,tn

              I agree he has health issue but real fact is Apple is not depend on one person ability

              August 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
              • Cathy

                Right, they will be fine under Cook. Steve Jobs is a great visionary, more so than a lot of CEOs in recent years.

                August 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • Emily

      I agree with you, lisal!
      I don't think it's a good sign for the future of Apple, and more so that of Mr. Jobs health.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
      • Cathy

        He's staying on as Chairman and no doubt will continue to do so until his health does not allow. The company has functioned terrifically under Cook who took over when Jobs had his liver transplant and has been in charge the last several months since Jobs went out on leave. Hopefully the company will continue to thrive.

        August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    All the journalists there have quite a story to tell. Both the ones inside the hotel and the ones on the front lines.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I didn't realize that kidnapping were the case for the journalists.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, They also kidnapped others as well..... We don't know where are hiding somewhere....... So sad, Gloria. 🙁

      August 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson,
    I am so exciting for all journals are freed........ I know you also glad Matt freed too!!!!! Yay!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!! I am so relief he made it out right now!!! 🙂

    August 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  39. Janis

    Hello everyone.

    So glad to see all the journalists safe and sound.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  40. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good evening everyone

    August 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  41. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The people and the journalists have something to cheer!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, They are cheers for Journals!!!!

      August 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  42. vic , nashville ,tn

    In Two words Emotional reunion

    August 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Vic!!!
      You're right!!!! They already reunion together again so emotion for us!!!! 🙂

      August 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  43. Lori - CA

    Hi Anderson! Hi Everyone! It is so good to hear that the journalists are free. What a hard situation!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  44. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Wonderful, the journalists are freed!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Oh yes, forgot to say I'm ecstatic that the journalists got out–such great news, what a relief.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooooo everyone and Anderson!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Wednesday night!!!
    Matt Chance freed from Rioxus Hotel by Gadhafi loyalist regime force so earlier, Congrats Matt!!!!!!
    And Watch out for Hurricane Irene is on the way to East coast!!!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  47. Grant

    Good evening everyone.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  48. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. Trying to keep up with Libya. They say the hurricane isn't coming to south Florida but I'm still nervous–it's HUGGGGE!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  49. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you on.
    –Very glad the journalists in Libya were able to leave the hotel.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
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