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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Roman Polanski served 42 days in a US jail in 1978

Roman Polanski: Polish prosecutors to question film-maker after US calls for extradition over child sex crime conviction

Mr Polanski fled the US in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with 13-year-old

18-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times during an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August

Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson juror sues for right to speak out over claims decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson was unanimous

'Grand Juror Doe's' lawyers say the gag order ought to be lifted given the case's uniquely high profile

Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to solicitation and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution

Jeffrey Epstein: Most court cases in US are resolved quickly and cheaply – but not always fairly

When Jeffrey Epstein first faced claims that he had abused multiple underage girls and hosted illicit sex parties for powerful men at his lavish home in Florida, onlookers might reasonably have expected him to face prison time of 10 or more years.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is renowned for his wacky New Year’s resolutions

Mark Zuckerberg's book list has Oprah effect with sales soaring on Amazon

His first selection had sold out on Amazon.com within 24 hours

A body found in a Southern California dumpster yesterday has been confirmed as that of three-week-old baby Eliza Delacruz

Body of three-week-old baby found in Southern California dumpster after she was snatched from her Long Beach home

Police are still hunting a man believed to have shot the victim’s mother, father and uncle before fleeing with the 10lb newborn

Edward Brooke celebrating after winning the nomination for the Senate in 1966

Edward Brooke dies: Grandson of slaves and first African-American senator dies, aged 95

Edward Brooke, the first black US Senator ever elected by a popular vote, has died. Mr Brooke, who was 95, passed away of natural causes on Saturday at his home in Florida.

Three-week-old Eliza Delacrus, who weighs a mere 10lb, has been reported missing

Southern California police hunt man suspected of shooting three people and snatching baby

Three-week old Eliza Delacrus has been missing since Saturday

A shop assistant holds a bud of Lemon Skunk in Colorado, where the tax on legal cannabis has added $60m to state coffers

Going to pot: A history of the effect of legal cannabis in the US

While federal law says possession and sale is still illegal, you can now buy recreational marijuana in four states
Elvis Presley with Priscilla and Lisa Marie

Fans protest at Elvis's jets leaving the building in $15m sale of Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II

The 'Lisa Marie' has a luxury bedroom, a bar and a video system

Postcard from... Las Vegas

There were a lot of excited people in Las Vegas yesterday morning, and not just because it was New Year’s Eve. Instead, tourists strolling along the Strip stopped, stood and stared at the sky as the desert city saw its first measurable December snowfall in six years (the 2008 sprinkling is pictured above).

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What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

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Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
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Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

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Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
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Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

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