As Life Slowed Down, They Got Creative

The actor and comedian Niecy Nash and the musician Jessica Betts married Aug. 29, 2020, at the peak of the pandemic, in an intimate ceremony at their home in Ventura County, Calif.

“We only had 24 guests,” noted Ms. Nash, 51, the Emmy winner who many fans may recognize from her longstanding role as Deputy Raineesha Williams on “Reno 911!” or as the enterprising Desna Simms on “Claws.”

Since saying “I Do,” the creative pair, who met on Instagram in 2015, have been productive while forced to hunker down like the rest of the world.

Ms. Betts, 41, who considers

More Than 100 People Killed in Attack in Burkina Faso

Armed assailants killed more than 100 people in an attack on a village in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Saturday, burning houses and leaving many more injured in one of the deadliest assaults the West African nation has seen in years.

The attackers struck early Saturday morning, first at a gold mine near the village of Sobha, near the border with Niger, according to Rida Lyammouri, a Washington-based expert, before then going after civilians. They also attacked the village market, the government said in a statement.

“It’s definitely one of the deadliest attacks in Burkina Faso in years,”

These close-up eye portraits belong to the world’s most famous — and infamous — faces

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

The photographer Platon has taken high-contrast close-ups of some of the most recognizable faces in the world — the Obamas, Vladimir Putin, Serena Williams, Elon Musk, Harry Styles — with many sitting in front of the same simple apple box in front of his camera.

But now the British artist is stripping his portraits down, releasing a new collection of works that each feature only a single iris from the eyes of beloved celebrities, powerful political leaders and controversial figures. Whom the iris belongs to will remain a secret, except to the buyers of the …