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, was published in 2014.

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Prisoners can be placed in solitary simply for having certain tattoos

California prisons to end unlimited solitary confinement for gang members

Deal will see almost 2,000 inmates, some isolated for decades, released into general prison populations

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti officially launching the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid in Santa Monica, California

Los Angeles will pursue bid to host 2024 Olympics Games

If successful, LA would become only the second city after London to host the event three times

The US has said it will speed up the building of new icebreaking ships

Alaska icebreakers: US announces plans for new $1bn fleet capable of operating year-round in attempt to capitalise on region's resources

America has fallen well behind rival nations in exploiting new openings for trade, tourism and research in the Arctic

A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is moved from its location in front of the school's main tower the University of Texas campus

University of Texas removes statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis

Critics argued that the monument represented and celebrated racism

Writer/director Wes Craven in Hollywood in 2011

Wes Craven dead: The king of low-budget horror films was once a university professor

The writer-director, died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles

Star Wars science fiction film merchandise is seen on display at a stall at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Online toy marathon to launch new film

The latest release will herald a flood of new products

Barack Obama meets residents of the New Orleans district of Tremé, one of America’s oldest black suburbs, as he walks through the city yesterday to see how it has has recovered in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.

Barack Obama in New Orleans: President praises city's 'extraordinary resilience' 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

He received a warm welcome from locals as he went door to door, meeting residents

Adnan Syed

Serial: Convicted murderer Adnan Syed gets hope from mobile phone data document

Twist in murder saga made famous by podcast

Weapons and ammunition seized by police from a vehicle after two men threatened on social media to kill attendees of the Pokemon World Championship

Police prevent 'potential tragedy' at Pokemon World Championships in Boston

James Stumbo, 27, and 18-year-old Kevin Norton appeared at Boston Municipal Court on firearms charges

A fin whale carcass is surrounded by bears in Larson Bay, Alaska

Inquiry as 30 dead whales wash up on Alaskan shores in less than four months

Since May, a reported 14 humpback whales, 11 fin whales, one grey whale and four further unidentified whale carcasses have been found along the coastline

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