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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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

Syracuse students are also famous for enthusiastically getting behind their sports teams

Syracuse University voted USA's number one party school

Syracuse University has been named the number one “party school” in the US, but its administrators say they are not in the mood to celebrate. The private college in New York state topped the annual ranking, which is compiled by the Princeton Review based on a survey of approximately 130,000 students across 379 US universities.

James Corden at the Brits 2012

James Corden to take over from Craig Ferguson as host of the Late Late Show

The 35-year-old actor and comedy star, familiar to anyone in the UK with a television set, has emerged as the likely replacement for Craig Ferguson

Kick-off: The US has almost 200 FootGolf courses across 37 states

A hole new ball game: Introducing the hybrid sport of FootGolf

Not athletic enough for football? Don't like the stuffiness of golf? No wonder FootGolf is taking off in the US, where you just have to kick a large ball into the hole
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London