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iStock/Thinkstock(SAVANNAH, Ga.) -- The Savannah State University campus was put on lockdown Thursday evening after a shooting incident there, campus officials said.

"The SSU campus is on lockdown following a shooting incident this evening at or near the Student Union," the school said in a statement. "A male victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment."

According to ABC News affiliate WTVM-TV, students were being told to "stay in place and cooperate with officers and other personal."

Further details, including his condition, were not immediately available.

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NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) -- Another powerful storm is churning in the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Erika arrives in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Thursday night and it may threaten Florida's Atlantic coast as soon as Monday.

So far, the storm's 12 inches of rain over the Island of Dominica caused floods and mudslides that led to the deaths of four people.

Will Erika become a hurricane?

To be considered a Category 1 hurricane, the storm's maximum sustained winds have to hit at least 74 mph. The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Erika's winds are at 45 mph with no projected significant change during the coming days.

However, the National Hurricane Center cites "unusually high uncertainty" in the intensity of the forecast over the next few days.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there is a Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the border of Haiti.

There is a Tropical Storm Watch in effect for Guadeloupe, the Southeast Bahamas, and the Truks and Caicos Islands, said the National Hurricane Center.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The 2016 field of presidential candidates highlighted their various positions on gun control on Thursday while offering prayers and support in the wake of a shooting in Virginia that took the lives of two television journalists.

Other prominent shootings have prompted strong reactions from both sides -- calls for stronger gun control from the left and calls to respect the Second Amendment from the right.

Vester Flanagan, described by authorities as a disgruntled former employee of WDBJ, shot and killed reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward while they were on the air Wednesday morning.

When Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was asked this morning on CNN whether he would do something different with gun policy, he said he would not.

“I don’t think I would because this is really a sick person. This isn’t a gun problem. This is a mental problem,” he said. “That’s what they should be focusing on instead of guns -- they should be talking about mental health because there’s so many things that can be done.”

He went on to call himself a “Second Amendment person,” adding that the shooting in Virginia was “horrible” and “a very sad commentary on life.”

But the real estate mogul has changed his tune since writing his book in 2000. “I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun,” he wrote in “The America We Deserve.”

On the Democratic side, frontrunner Hillary Clinton vowed to continue her support for gun control after the tragic shooting.

"Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in Virginia," tweeted Clinton.

“But I will also reiterate we have got to do something about gun violence, and I will take it on,” she told reporters in Ankeny, Iowa, on Wednesday. “If we had universal background checks, if we could just put some time out between the person who’s upset because he got fired or domestic abuse or whatever other motivation may be working on someone who does this, maybe we could prevent this kind carnage."

While Joe Biden considers whether to jump into the 2016 race, Clinton's strongest competition right now, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, referred reporters to his previous statements on gun control, which have been criticized by the left for being too moderate.

"I am saddened by the senseless deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward," tweeted Sanders. "Jane and I have their families and friends in our thoughts."

“We can't have people demagoguing against folks just because they go out and hunt and they own guns,” he said on ABC News' This Week in late June. “On the other hand, rural America has got to understand that guns in Vermont are not the same thing as guns in Chicago.”

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has not gotten traction in the polls and is struggling to regain the spotlight, pointed to President Obama as a source of the problem.

“Well, first off, the deaths are an awful tragedy but let's focus on what the real problem is,” he said on Fox and Friends Thursday morning. “We're not enforcing law in this country. ... This president and this administration hasn’t enforced them.”

Other Republican candidates, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, expressed their support on Twitter on Wednesday and Thursday.

“What law in the world could have prevented him from killing them, whether it was with a gun or a knife or a bomb,” Rubio said in New Hampshire on Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe. “What has happened to us as a society that we now devalue life to such a level? What has happened in our society that people have become so violent? That’s the fundamental question we need to confront.”

Neurosurgeon and GOP candidate Ben Carson expressed a similar sentiment on CNN Wednesday night. "People are the problem, not so much guns," he said. "People use knives, people use bats, people us hammers to bludgeon people to death. I don’t hear anybody talking about taking those things away."

Other candidates, including Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Huckabee, continued to offer their support on social media.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There were mass losses earlier this week? All gains for Wall Street on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average up 369.26 to finish the session at 16654.77. Its biggest two-day gain since December 2008.

The Nasdaq also jumped 115.17, ending at 4812.71, while the S&P 500 climbed 47.15 to 1987.66.

Crude oil also rose 10 percent for its biggest one-day gain since October 2008.

Although there's hardly a sign of the plunging stock scare earlier this week, the S&P 500 may be headed toward a "Death Cross" according to Business Insider due to the technical damage. This happens when a stock or index's 50-day moving average "falls below its 200-day moving average and is often seen as a reversal in the prevailing long-term trend for a security," said Business Insider.

The second quarter estimate of the U.S. GDP beat expectations expanding at 3.7 percent when an estimate last month by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis had it at a 2.3 percent pace. The BEA believes the reason is because of an increase in exports.

McDonald's and Tyson have cut ties with a Tennessee poultry farm after a video surfaced showing workers stabbing, clubbing, and crushing chickens. The video was released by animal rights group Mercy for Animals and also reveals "disgusting" living conditions of the factory chickens at T&S Farms.

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Ray Mickshaw/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Believe it or not, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has two teenage sons.

Brandon, 19, and Dylan, 17, her children with ex-husband Tommy Lee, were too young when the show was a hit in the '90s, so they were caught off guard one year when they started going to surf camp and found out about their famous heartthrob of a mom.

"They came up to me and they said, ‘Mom, are you Pamela Anderson?’ And I said ‘Yeah,'" she told People magazine of their first day at camp years back. "They were like, ‘What is that?’ And ’Why are people saying these things? Are you Pamela Anderson for real?'"

It was such a surprise to the boys because they knew their father was a rock star, but they thought Anderson was just a soccer mom. "I built my whole life around them -- like their soccer games were in my contracts," she added.

Anderson was married to Lee from 1995 to 1998 and to singer Kid Rock from 2006 to 2007. She recently remarried her ex Rick Salomon last year, but got divorced months later.

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Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Texans back-up quarterback Ryan Mallett missed practice on Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reported Mallett had overslept through Thursday's practice, but according to ESPN, later, Texans Coach Bill O'Brien said the absence was because of a "personal issue."

"It's between Ryan and I," O'Brien said. "It's a personal issue."

On Monday, Brian Hoyer was chosen as the Texans starting quarterback after a small competition. He started the preseason opener with Mallett starting the second game of the preseason.

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Alli Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A customer of the popular fitness craze SoulCycle says the company is forcing riders to use an "illegal" payment system that requires customers to buy certificates with "unreasonably short expiration periods," according to a new lawsuit.

Rachel Cody, of Los Angeles, told ABC News that SoulCycle's payment policy is "infuriating," because the firm requires customers to buy "Series Certificates" that can be redeemed for cycling sessions, the suit says.

Cody, who works in financial services, bought a Series Certificate online for $30 in June of this year with the intention of taking a single cycling class, but she didn't redeem it before its 30-day expiration period. Her lawsuit claims the certificates have "unreasonably short expiration periods."

There are other, more expensive packages that have longer expiration periods.

Her lawsuit, which alleges SoulCycle certificates have "illegal expiration provisions," was filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court and seeks class action certification.

Cody asserts that these Series Certificates “constitute ‘gift certificates’” and in purchasing one, believed “SoulCycle would abide by applicable state and federal laws”.

One of the laws Cody refers to in the suit is the federal Credit Card Accountability and Disclosure Act, known as the CARD Act, which prohibits gift certificates with expiration dates of less than five years.

In her lawsuit, Cody also says that “exacerbating the illegal nature of SoulCycle’s scheme is the limited availability of SoulCycle’s exercise sessions. In a July 2015 filing with the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission, SoulCycle stated that 30% of sessions were reserved within 15 minutes of availability.”

SoulCycle, based in New York City, has 47 locations with plans to open at least 250 studios in the next "several years," according to its IPO filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last month. The company said it had 235,000 unique riders last year.

According to the suit: "the number of separate individuals who have had all or a portion of their series certificate expire is likely to be in the tens of thousands and is identifiable and ascertainable based on SoulCycle’s records."

“SoulCycle’s practice of forcing its customers to forfeit unused exercise sessions is the epitome of soulless unlawful greed,” Cody's lawyer, Dorian Berger of law firm Olavi Dunne LLP said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for SoulCycle declined to comment to ABC News on the pending litigation. The company has about 30 days to file a response.

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