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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LA confidential: The world's most storied police force opens up its photography archive - and the result is worthy of Hollywood

The photographs have been unearthed for "Unedited!: the LAPD Photo Archives", an exhibition showing at this month's second annual Paris Photo fair in Los Angeles

Are you comfortable with your waiter looking up your details?

Restaurants - do they know too much? Top maître d' admits researching diners online

Is this 21st-century service or tasteless snooping?

A front cover of the 'Archie' comic

Life With Archie: How to give a cartoon hero a new lease of life? Kill him off

Archie Comics has sold more than two billion comics worldwide, but its eponymous star needed updating – or rather, eliminating. Such is life in the cut-throat world of American cartoons, reports Tim Walker

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius resigns: US Health Secretary falls on her sword over disastrous rollout of Obamacare

President Obama expected to nominate Sylvia Burwell as replacement

Satirist Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman on The Late Show

Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show

'The Colbert Report' star, best-selling author and former Presidential candidate is CBS's choice to replace the retiring Letterman

Jose Manuel Martinez, who has been described as a contract killer by California prosecutors

José Manuel Martínez: Hitman charged with nine murders claims he killed 30 more people

US citizen was an enforcer for an unnamed Mexican drug cartel

The controversy has also come to California, a state that is all too familiar with seismic activity

Fracking and earthquakes: Scientists link rise in seismic activity in Oklahoma to increased oil and gas exploration

In 2009, there were 50 quakes in the central US state; in 2010 there were more than 1,000. Tim Walker reports

Ellen DeGeneres

Wanted: insomniac, talkative dinosaur. Female preferred... The search is on for the new David Letterman

But America's late-night round-up is showing its age

US President Barack Obama and David Letterman speak during a break in the taping

First Jay Leno, now David Letterman: Is the golden age of the US chat shows over?

Late-night chat is entering a new era, reports Tim Walker from Los Angeles

SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was attacked in the water by a male orca in 2010

SeaWorld attracts fewer visitors after film about trainer’s death shows mental anguish of killer whales taken from the oceans

The acclaimed documentary 'Blackfish' focuses on the death of Dawn Brancheau who was killed by a bull orca involved in the deaths of two other people during his time in captivity

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