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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Actor Burt Reynolds last year

Burt Reynolds: From bankable to broke - so now we can all have a piece of him

To help alleviate his financial woes, Reynolds,  once among the most bankable actors in Hollywood, plans to auction a vast collection of memorabilia

Protesters march through Los Angeles on Tuesday, the day after a grand jury decided not to prosecute the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August

Ferguson riots: Violence begins to subside after grand jury decision as town returns to ‘normality’ on a knife-edge

For many of the protesters a return to business as usual will only deepen the resentment fuelled by everyday racism

Police stand guard near City Hall during protests in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Brown shooting: Tension on the streets of Ferguson after second night of unrest

Dozens of arrests were made and a squad car tipped over and torched outside city hall

Darren Wilson says he has a clean conscience: 'I did my job right'

Officer Wilson also insisted that the 18-year-old never raised his hands in surrender

Missouri National Guard members take up positions outside police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson riots: President Obama condemns violence as the community prepares for more unrest

Mr Obama said: 'Nothing of significance, nothing of benefit results from destructive acts'

Police in riot gear move past a vehicle that continues to burn on the street in Ferguson

Michael Brown verdict: Despite calls for calm in Ferguson, fires blaze and shots are fired

Ferguson protests turn violent after Grand Jury verdict

Protesters march in St Louis, Missouri, to put pressure on the grand jury to charge Officer Darren Wilson over the killing of Michael Brown

Michael Brown shooting: Youth leads the fight in Ferguson protest movement ahead of grand jury verdict

Police, protesters and the people of Ferguson, Missouri, were today poised to hear the verdict of a grand jury on whether to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August, leading to weeks of unrest on the streets of this St Louis suburb.

A comedy show alumni who has gone on to be a big star, Jon Stewart

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Rival television sketch shows vie for influential alumni
Activists celebrate the President’s action on immigration outside the White House

President Barack Obama lifts threat of deportation off five million immigrants

Executive action applauded but Republicans criticise 'power grab'

The President is set to act on the hugely contentious issue of America’s 11 million illegal immigrants

US immigration: President Obama pushes ahead with plans to protect nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation

In what may prove his last major initiative, the President is set to act on the hugely contentious issue of America’s 11 million illegal immigrants

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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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

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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

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