‘Nightline’ Daily Line, July 2: Derecho Aftermath, Anderson Cooper

By ABC News

Jul 2, 2012 4:28pm

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6:50 p.m. ET: Real seller’s listing on eBay:  “One Pre-owned, But Extremely Successful, Public High School.”

So begins the tongue-in-cheek, but completely serious, eBay listing for The Learning Center, a Langhorne, Pa., school that has found a unique method to fight debilitating budget cuts–the school has put itself up for auction on eBay.

Read the full story HERE

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4:16 p.m. ET: Facebook is introducing new marriage icons that depict same-sex couples, the   Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) notes.

LGBT users who have indicted on their Facebook timelines that they are married will now have these “cake-topper-like” icons featured on their profiles.

Facebook’s co-founder Chris Hughes, who married his partner Sean Eldridge on Saturday, was one of the first to use the icon.

3:11 p.m. ET: Are you there God? It’s us, the Department of Energy’s Fermilab.

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After decades of careful experiment, physicists say they have found the “strongest indication to date” to prove the existence of the Higgs boson – a subatomic particle so important to the understanding of space, time and matter that the physicist Leon Lederman nicknamed it “the God particle.

Read ABC News’ Ned Potter’s full story HERE.

1:46 p.m. ET: Healthcare giant GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to an unprecedented $3 billion settlement with the U.S. government over allegations that the company advertised drugs for uses not approved by the FDA and then used lavish gifts to convince doctors to prescribe the drugs.

How does this affect you? Read the full story HERE.

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12:34 p.m. ET: WEATHER: The Washington, D.C. Lightning Mapping Array captured this video of the derecho on Friday night:

One of the oldest and most historic buildings in the nation’s capital appears to have escaped relatively unscathed in the Derecho weather event: The U.S. Capitol.

Read more HERE.

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11:45 a.m ET: Anderson Cooper, the popular CNN anchor who has long kept quiet about his sexual orientation, has revealed that he is gay.

Read the full ABC News story HERE

11:22 a.m. ET: ABC News’ Nick Watt sat down with Ricky Gervais to discuss the comedian’s two new TV show projects, “Life’s Too Short” and “Derek,” both of which have caught flack for their seemingly controversial subjects.

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Read more HERE. And tune into “Nightline” tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT to watch Nick’s full interview.

10:01 a.m. ET: Deadly storms and record heat continue to dominate the weather news for much of the eastern half of the country after the bizarre Derecho weather event came through on Friday.

Since Sunday, there have been over 800 reports of severe weather from Midwest to the East Coast. Three people were reportedly killed  in the Carolinas and more than 40 people were injured, according to the Associated Press.

9:34 a.m. ET: Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old graduate student who lost one leg and two hands to flesh-eating bacteria, has been released from a Georgia hospital today, reports CNN.

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She is said to be in good spirits after waging a two-month battle to survive, after a leg wound from a zip-lining accident exposed her to the deadly bacteria.

Read the full story HERE

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