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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Part of the huge arms cache found by police at the home of ‘Bob Smith’ in Los Angeles

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Garrison Keillor is not retiring altogether

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Mexico’s Attorney General Arely Gomez shows the press a picture of Guzman

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