Tim Walker

Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.

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There are now some 30,000 cricketers in the US, as shown here in Brooklyn, New York

Now that’s a super bowl! Cricket is finally up and running in America

First soccer scored, now the US is hosting a national season-long one-day league

Colorado and Washington states have both legalised marijuana for recreational use

Archives from 1970s show Big Tobacco had high hopes for cannabis

Philip Morris considered entering the legal marijuana trade and was even promised 'good quality' cannabis by the Justice Department’s drug sciences chief

Hidden Cash mystery: Chaotic scenes in California as crowds seek free money left by unknown philanthropist in treasure hunt

@HiddenCash: ‘Social experiment’ leads to chaotic scenes in Los Angeles

Barack Obama under fire for secret Taliban talks to free soldier Bowe Bergdahl

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel today congratulated the US personnel who had worked to release a soldier held prisoner by the Afghan Taliban for almost five years.

A General Motors Chevrolet dealership in Royal Oak, Michigan

Fatal flaws slam US car industry into reverse

Faulty ignition, steering and brakes, disabled airbags ... GM has recalled 15.8m vehicles this year, but for some the measure comes too late

Movie tunes: John Powell

John Powell interview: ‘I sold myself to the Devil, just a bit’

Many British composers have made it big in Hollywood, but John Powell is currently the most influential. As a result, he has resources others can only dream of. But there’s a drawback, he tells Tim Walker

Rinda Sutrarhada (left) writes the names of victims of last week’s mass shooting in Isla Vista, California, on a memorial wall near the scene

Elliot Rodger killings: My son the mass killer

America’s lastest shooting spree leaves many more bereaved, none more so than the gunman’s parents. As others’ experiences show, Peter and Chin Rodger face hatred and a life wracked with guilt for their son’s actions

Ferrets were banned from the city in 1999 over fears they might spread rabies

Reverse ferret: Mayor of New York set to repeal ban

Campaigners say minor health risks are far outweighed by the lifestyle benefits

Edward Snowden during his interview with NBC’s Brian Williams in Moscow

Kerry calls on Snowden to 'man up' and face the people of America

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, yesterday urged Edward Snowden to “man up and come back to the United States”, after the whistle-blower had granted a wide-ranging television interview to a US network.

Postcard from... Los Angeles

If it weren’t for the arresting  sign, this nondescript building on Sunset Boulevard might well go unnoticed. But with a title like “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death”, the small museum is nothing if not intriguing – even to those who don’t know of its links to Scientology.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice