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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Businessman Krishna Maharaj has served 28 years in a Florida prison but has always maintained his innocence

75 years old. 28 years in a Florida jail. But could Krishna Maharaj be innocent?

His conviction for double murder has always looked dodgy. But a legal travesty may finally be put right

Deals with Boeing and SpaceX will end reliance on Russia to carry astronauts into orbit

Nasa set for lift-off again as it picks US companies to build manned space capsules

Deals with Boeing and SpaceX will end reliance on Russia to carry astronauts into orbit

Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams in the video of the song, which has been accused of justifying rape

Robin Thicke’s hit 'Blurred Lines' lands him in court, and he had 'almost no part' in writing it

Marvin Gaye’s children are suing singer and co-writers, claiming ‘Blurred Lines’ is a copy of ‘Got to Give it Up’

Undercover agents raided dozens of businesses in the fashion district of Los Angeles this week

Police bust clothing companies in LA’s fashion district over drug cartel money-laundering

Tim Walker reports from Los Angeles on the extraordinary partners in crime exposed by this week’s police raids

Gigi Jordan, a multimillionaire from Belgium, and her son, Jude Mirra

Mother gave autistic son fatal overdose in New York hotel room ‘to bring him peace’

Rich socialite faces life in jail after killing him in New York hotel. Her lawyer claims she ‘brought him peace’

President Obama, seen through an Oval Office window, speaks on the phone with King Abdallah Abd al Aziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 10 September 2014 ahead of his speech on the Islamic State to the nation

9/11 anniversary: Barack Obama unveils 'degrade and ultimately destroy' strategy against Isis

He vows to target militants 'wherever they exist' but rules out deploying US combat troops

Postcard from... Los Angeles

At the weekend, I spent an hour queuing on a pavement near Hollywood to see a comedy show that hadn’t even been written yet. Every Sunday at its modest LA theatre, comedy troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade stages ASSSSCAT, a world-renowned improv sketch show.

Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush bantered at a leadership event for young people

Clinton and Bush double act launches bipartisan scholars' programme

The 42nd President spoke of his 'great admiration' for the 43rd – even when he did not agree with his decisions

Several hundred children in at least 10 US states have been treated for respiratory illnesses believed to have been cause by a rare and potentially fatal virus related to the common cold

Enterovirus D68: Hundreds of children across ten US states treated for respiratory illness linked to common cold

No deaths have been reported, but one hospital in Kansas City, Missouri had put dozens of patients in intensive care

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

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