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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Popular US preacher Robert Schuller

Robert Schuller dead: Popular 'Hour of Power' preacher dies aged 88

The founder of California's Crystal Cathedral megachurch was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2013

Water flows along an aqueduct beneath the sweltering sun in Kern County, California. The state's drought, now in its fourth year, is going from bad to worse

California drought: Governor Jerry Brown announces mandatory water restrictions for first time in state's history

The Sierra Nevada snowpack is currently only 5% of the historical average for April - a situation described as 'just terrifying' by the Water Resources Control Board

Andrew Getty: his grandfather J Paul Getty was once thought to be the world’s richest man

Andrew Getty dead: Grandson of oil tycoon J Paul suffers 'blunt-force trauma' at LA home

Authorities say death does not appear to involve foul play, but that could change

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building in Indianapolis on Tuesday

Indiana moves to clarify new religious-freedom law following criticism that it discriminates against LGBT people

Several major companies have threatened to avoid doing business in the state because of the measure, with Apple CEO Tim Cook describing it as 'dangerous'

The Church of Scientology community center in the neighborhood of South Los Angeles

'Going Clear': HBO broadcasts film alleging torture by Church of Scientology

It’s the film the Church of Scientology would rather you didn’t see: on Sunday night HBO broadcast director Alex Gibney’s acclaimed documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which contains devastating claims about the controversial religion.

Meagre snowfall has left slopes in Olympic Valley, Tahoe, almost bare, weeks before the traditional spring melt

California drought brings greatly reduced snowpack - which is bad news for skiers... and for everyone else

Snow-melt makes up 30 per cent of the state's annual water supply, forcing Governor Jerry Brown to allocate $1bn for water projects

Willie Nelson relaxing at his home in Texas

Cannabis country: Willie Nelson to sell own blend of marijuana

Nelson, who is 81, revealed plans to launch 'Willie's Reserve'

Modern CGI spectacular: Lily James in 'Cinderella'

Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Cinderella, Disney's latest live-action remake, opens in the UK today – and other lavish adaptations are on the way
Mike Pence, who has previously opposed needle exchanges, announced the programme yesterday

Indiana HIV epidemic sparks emergency measures - drug users sharing needles emerge as likely cause

Governor declares public health emergency as almost 80 people are diagnosed with the virus

‘The Late Late Show’ presenter James Corden is joined by Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks for his first night as host

Humble James Corden wins over US with 'The Great, Great Show'

Even the critics are impressed as British actor pitches it right as TV host

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor