Northern Star

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

ELLIOT SPAGAT

February 18, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year but sparking criticism about potential for fraud, wa...

Lawmaker questions China’s offer to build UK high speed rail

PAN PYLAS

February 15, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Allowing China's state-run rail construction company to build a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England would be an “extremely questionable" decision, a prominent British lawmaker said Saturday.Tom Tugendhat, a Conservative lawmaker who chairs the U.K....

Esper defends shifting defense funds for Trump’s border wall

ROBERT BURNS

February 14, 2020

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday defended his decision to divert billions of dollars in funding for Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to help pay for President Donald Trump's promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.Esper was asked by a report...