Fiza Pirani

Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Meanwhile, at this Alaska airport: Polar bears spotted running on the airfield
 A massive power outage Sunday crippled Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — the world’s busiest — and left passengers stranded for hours as more than 1,100 flights were canceled  amid the already-chaotic holiday travel season. More than 4,000 miles away, an airport in Alaska experienced its own...

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A massive power outage Sunday crippled Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — the world’s busiest — and left passengers stranded for hours as more than 1,100 flights were canceled amid the already-chaotic holiday travel season. More than 4,000 miles away, an airport in Alaska experienced its own...
AJC’s 2017 holiday gift guide: Unique gifts for everyone on your list
 The holiday season can be costly, chaotic and completely overwhelming. To help keep your gift-giving worries under wraps, we pulled together our popular gift guides for everyone in your life, from your favorite foodies, your empty-nesting mom, the travel junkies or the kids who already have it all. 5 cool VIP experiences  For all...

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The holiday season can be costly, chaotic and completely overwhelming. To help keep your gift-giving worries under wraps, we pulled together our popular gift guides for everyone in your life, from your favorite foodies, your empty-nesting mom, the travel junkies or the kids who already have it all. 5 cool VIP experiences  For all...
Which stores are open on Christmas Day 2017?
 Whether you need to hop to the shop to snag some essentials (or a last-minute Christmas gift) or you’re missing an important ingredient for Christmas dinner, you may be able to find a store open on the big holiday. Though the vast majority of retailers are closed on Christmas Day, some pharmacies and convenience stores will be open...

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Whether you need to hop to the shop to snag some essentials (or a last-minute Christmas gift) or you’re missing an important ingredient for Christmas dinner, you may be able to find a store open on the big holiday. Though the vast majority of retailers are closed on Christmas Day, some pharmacies and convenience stores will be open...
Overall teen drug use is down, marijuana and vaping up, study finds
 Vaping and marijuana are becoming increasingly more popular among American teens than traditional cigarettes, binge drinking and the misuse of pain relievers, all of which have hit historic lows in 2017. That’s according to a new National Institute on Drug Abuse survey of about 45,000 eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders, in which...

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Vaping and marijuana are becoming increasingly more popular among American teens than traditional cigarettes, binge drinking and the misuse of pain relievers, all of which have hit historic lows in 2017. That’s according to a new National Institute on Drug Abuse survey of about 45,000 eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders, in which...
Petition calls for firing of Georgia cop who forced owner to ‘cut off his dog’s head’
 More than 174,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker to fire investigator James Hollis for forcing a man to decapitate his deceased 2-year-old dog. Crawford County resident Joe Goodwin said he was ordered to do so on Friday, Dec. 1 at the behest of Hollis and other deputies, who...

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More than 174,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker to fire investigator James Hollis for forcing a man to decapitate his deceased 2-year-old dog. Crawford County resident Joe Goodwin said he was ordered to do so on Friday, Dec. 1 at the behest of Hollis and other deputies, who...
Another 8-planet solar system? 7 things to know about NASA’s ‘sizzling’ new Kepler discovery
 Looks like our solar system isn’t the only one out there with eight planets circling around a single star. NASA scientists, along with Google engineers, used artificial intelligence to discover a new, scorching hot planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, bringing the total number of planets circling the Sun-like star to eight, the agency ...

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Looks like our solar system isn’t the only one out there with eight planets circling around a single star. NASA scientists, along with Google engineers, used artificial intelligence to discover a new, scorching hot planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, bringing the total number of planets circling the Sun-like star to eight, the agency ...
What time do stores open and close on Christmas Eve 2017?
 If you’re banking on some last minute Christmas shopping, you’re not alone.  >> Read more trending news  According to a 2016 survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers, 76 percent of adult shoppers said they planned on making holiday purchases right up until Christmas. And with Christmas Eve...

Posted: 3 days ago

If you’re banking on some last minute Christmas shopping, you’re not alone.  >> Read more trending news  According to a 2016 survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers, 76 percent of adult shoppers said they planned on making holiday purchases right up until Christmas. And with Christmas Eve...
Another 8-planet solar system? 7 things about Kepler’s ‘sizzling’ discovery
 Looks like our solar system isn’t the only one out there with eight planets circling around a single star. >> Read more trending news  NASA scientists, along with Google engineers, used artificial intelligence to discover a new, scorching hot planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, bringing the total number of planets circling...

Posted: 3 days ago

Looks like our solar system isn’t the only one out there with eight planets circling around a single star. >> Read more trending news  NASA scientists, along with Google engineers, used artificial intelligence to discover a new, scorching hot planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, bringing the total number of planets circling...
What time do stores open and close on Christmas Eve 2017?
 If you’re banking on some last minute Christmas shopping, you’re not alone.  According to a 2016 survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers, 76 percent of adult shoppers said they planned on making holiday purchases right up until Christmas. And with Christmas Eve on a Sunday this year, shoppers will have...

Posted: 3 days ago

If you’re banking on some last minute Christmas shopping, you’re not alone.  According to a 2016 survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers, 76 percent of adult shoppers said they planned on making holiday purchases right up until Christmas. And with Christmas Eve on a Sunday this year, shoppers will have...
These are Atlanta’s 10 most-Googled topics of 2017
 Google on Wednesday unveiled its mega list of 2017’s top search trends. Across the globe, people asked Google about subjects such as Hurricane Irma, April the Giraffe, the solar eclipse and much more. In October, the search engine giant found evidence of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election on YouTube, Gmail...

Posted: 3 days ago

Google on Wednesday unveiled its mega list of 2017’s top search trends. Across the globe, people asked Google about subjects such as Hurricane Irma, April the Giraffe, the solar eclipse and much more. In October, the search engine giant found evidence of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election on YouTube, Gmail...
Who are the Rohingya Muslims? 7 things to know about the ‘world’s most persecuted minority’
 More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled a brutal military crackdown in the Buddhist majority country of Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and reportedly face an array of human rights abuses, to seek refuge in  Bangladesh. And many other Rohingya refugees were turned away, leaving thousands stranded at sea. During...

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More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled a brutal military crackdown in the Buddhist majority country of Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and reportedly face an array of human rights abuses, to seek refuge in Bangladesh. And many other Rohingya refugees were turned away, leaving thousands stranded at sea. During...