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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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

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
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
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.

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum