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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Patient Sara Romano, right, selects some medical marijuana at the Berkeley Patients Group clinic in California

Marijuana legalisation: 'Free weed for the poor' decree by Berkeley council

Californian college town orders medical marijuana to be given to patients on low income

Empty airline seats

Ban reclining seats on flights? I'm leaning that way...

When that seat lurches back, an old lady knitting is suddenly no sweeter than white van man
Sam talking to reporters afterwards about the coming season with Dallas

American Football: Michael Sam - the Gay Dallas Cowboy who Christians don't want to play

Talk of Michael Sam, the NFL's only 'out' player, dominates the new season
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (third left)

Bob McDonnell found guilty: Former Virginia governor and his wife convicted on corruption charges

Sentencing for the couple has been set for 6 January 2015

Anonymous users of 4Chan posted what they claimed to be intimate images of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence

FBI investigates 4Chan for posting hacked nude celebrity photos

For years, its infamous “random” message board has featured a stream of graphic images of sex and violence, but it has taken the posting of private photographs allegedly purloined from around 100 celebrities to put 4Chan under the legal spotlight.

Actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyongío Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyongío and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama

Matthew McConaughey and his son Levi at the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on August 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Matthew McConaughey signs advertising deal with Lincoln Motor Company and joins host of A-list actors selling cars

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ star is continuing a recent Hollywood tradition

The South Pasadena Police Chief Arthur Miller

California students arrested over plot to massacre staff and classmates at Pasadena high school

The boys, aged 16 and 17, planned to acquire and use automatic weapons, knives, bulletproof vests and explosives

James Foley's car was stopped by armed men in Syria's Idlib province. Rebels searched for him without success

'An extraordinary son, journalist and person': James Wright Foley's mother pays tribute

Diane Foley implores Isis militants 'to spare lives of innocent hostages'

James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer

Isis jihadist group says it will execute second journalist and warns US President second journalist could be executed

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game