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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Police wearing riot gear try to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson shooting: US police armed with 93,763 new machine guns

The militarisation of police departments across America has escalated exponentially in the years since 9/11

Hollywood actress, Lauren Bacall, pictured in 2007, has died at the age of 89

Lauren Bacall dead: Hollywood film and stage legend dies aged 89

The star, best known for acting opposite her husband Humphrey Bogart, is believed to have suffered a stroke at her home in New York

Robin Williams has died aged 63

Robin Williams dead: Actor was found hanging in his bedroom by his personal assistant, police say

The Oscar-winner had endured a long struggle with drug and alcohol abuse

Robin Williams dead: A comic genius with the equal ability to wring tears from his audience

A viewer could discern inklings of what may now be interpreted as Williams’ own deep and authentic pain

Elayn Hunt Correctional Centre purchased 20 vials of the painkiller hydromorphone from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital

Death penalty: Louisiana ‘blagged drug from hospital’

Hospital 'assumed it was for Department of Corrections patient'

President Barack Obama speaking on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, about the ongoing situation in Iraq

Iraq crisis: Critics in Congress line up to lambast 'weak' Obama response

President Barack Obama came under fire from his opponents in Washington yesterday as the US launched further air strikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) in Iraq.

Larry David with the cast of Parks and Recreation

Larry David to star in his own Broadway play use tried-and-trusted technique - being himself

The 'Seinfeld' creator will make his stage debut in 'Fish in the Dark'
Patricia Krenwinkel (centre) arrives at court with fellow ‘Family’ members Susan Atkins (left) and Leslie van Houten in 1969

Patricia Krenwinkel - the woman who helped murder seven people for Charles Manson - says she did it because she 'just wanted to be loved'

Patricia Krenwinkel helped kill seven people 45 years ago. Now, finally, she has tried to explain why

Postcard from... Disney Studios

Spend a day at Disney Studios in Burbank, California, and you’ll begin to appreciate the attention to detail this hallowed institution pays not only to its films or the rides at Disneyland, but also to its work environment. On a visit to Disney last week I was struck by the uniformity of the Art Deco font used in all the studio’s signage: from the signs pointing to the car park, to the ones in the loos entreating people to wash their hands.

Number of porn films shot in Los Angeles shrinks after condom law was passed

The number of permits issued for porn productions in LA County dropped by 90 per cent

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Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style