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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A close friend of the musician has filed legal documents to obtain conservatorship over her affairs

Joni Mitchell reportedly unresponsive after slipping into coma

The 71-year-old folk icon was rushed to hospital last month after collapsing at her home in Los Angeles

James Holmes’ appearance has changed dramatically since this first court appearance

2012 Aurora cinema shooting: Jury in 'Batman killer' case taken through shooter's 'door of horror'

Almost three years after he shot dead 12 people and injured 70 others at a cinema screening in Aurora, Colorado, the trial of 27-year-old James Holmes finally began in earnest.

Children sign a message board at the makeshift memorial across the street from the cinema in Aurora, Colorado, where the 12 victims died

2012 Aurora cinema shooting: Victims' families must face horror again as trial of 'Dark Knight' killer opens

Three years ago, James Holmes shot dead 12 people in a Colorado cinema. He is pleading not guilty by reason of  insanity and his victims’ loved ones will have to face the horror all over again. Tim Walker reports from Denver

President Obama

Barack Obama gets 'anger translator' at White House Correspondents Dinner, calls Dick Cheney 'worst president of my lifetime'

Mr Obama also mocked his own Vice President, who has a habit of giving unprompted back rubs: 'Those Joe Biden shoulder massages are like magic'

The Disneyland Band with guest conductor Mickey

Disneyland Band given marching orders after 60 years of entertaining theme park guests

Local musicians are up in arms at news the beloved group is to be 'reimagined', and its 16 members forced to reaudition for their places

The Nonhuman Rights Project argues that chimpanzees are too intelligent and emotionally complex to be held in captivity. File photo

US judge grants 'human rights' to a pair of laboratory chimpanzees being held at biomedical research facility in landmark case

Affording Hercules and Leo the status of legal 'persons' means that the Long Island university where they are being held must now prove the legality of their imprisonment

Aaron Hernandez in action for New England Partiots in the NFL

Aaron Hernandez: American Football in the dock as NFL star player's murderous double life is revealed

New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was as violent off the field as he was on it. Tim Walker reports on the $40m athlete’s alleged involvement in a string of crimes dating back to 2007

Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water. Nestle is the largest producer of bottled water in the US

California drought: Nestle accused of bottling and selling water from national forest spring using permit that expired over 25 years ago

More than 135,000 people have signed a petition started by environmental campaigners, criticising the food and drink giant's activities

Kim Kardashian West with baby North before her baptism in Jerusalem

Kim Kardashian in Armenia: Reality TV star and family's trip to Yerevan raises eyebrows - and global awareness of genocide

Her Instagram posts from the eight-day visit have drawn criticism, but her representatives claim she simply wished to explore her Armenian roots

Jon Hamm: Mad Men actor charged for violent fraternity hazing

The victim said Hamm became 'really mad' when he failed to recite things about him correctly

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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