David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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An undated Arizona Department of Corrections photo showing Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was sentenced to death for the killing in 1989 of his ex-girlfriend and her father

Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air

Experts said execution procedures were 'unreliable and the consequences are horrific'

Obama must speak out – Americans are worried no one is listening to them

In these tricky days especially, he surely needs to drop the cool act

The Desert Island Golf and Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, could soon acquire some famous new members

From the White House to...? President Obama considers change of address as eight-year term nears its end

Rumours say Barack and Michelle are set to purchase $12.5m property in an area of California known as the 'playground of the presidents'

Bodies are removed from the site

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Russia votes for independent investigation into downing of jet in UN Security Council

Moscow faces repeated and sometimes harsh criticism for its perceived failure to force separatists to allow access to the site

Tears run down the cheeks of Shaneetha Goodloe during a memorial service for her daughter, Shamiya Adams

Chicago under fire: 40 shot in one weekend as gun violence surges

An 11-year-old girl shot by stray bullet while making chocolate and marshmallow snacks during a sleepover

James Garner reprising the role of Bret Maverick for a television sequel series in 1982

James Garner death: Easy-going star of ‘Rockford Files’ was 86

He was known for playing sardonic but likeable characters on both television and the big screen

A relative mourns during a funeral

Israel-Gaza conflict: US criticises Israelis over high numbers of civilian casualties

As the ground offensive gathers momentum, American patience may quickly fray further

A woman reacts to news regarding a Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: The world waits for answers – and dreads the international consequences

The diplomatic fall-out from the disaster is potentially enormous

Revealed: Hillary Clinton's diva-like conditions and fussy demands suggest she doesn’t see herself as one of the people

Former first lady makes fussy stipulations for a talk at the University of Buffalo

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform