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Trump directs bluster at plan for wind farm

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- He came, he saw, he blustered.

Donald Trump on Wednesday swept into Scotland's Parliament to demand that the country end plans for an offshore wind farm he fears will spoil the view at his exclusive new $1.2 billion golf resort.

In a typically blunt display, the New York real estate magnate told an inquiry into renewable energy to stop the wind-power efforts in the country's north.

"Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke," he said. "They are ugly, they are noisy, and they are dangerous. If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us."

When challenged to produce hard evidence about his contentions about the negative impact of turbines, Trump said: "I am the evidence, I am a world-class expert in tourism."

The public gallery burst into laughter.

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Disgraced leader's son defends his conduct

BEIJING -- Amid allegations of family corruption, the son of disgraced former Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai publicly defended his own record and denied rumors of a lavish lifestyle in a statement to the Harvard University student newspaper, saying his expensive education was paid for by scholarships and savings.

But Bo Guagua sidestepped any contemplation of the investigation of his mother, accused of murder, and his father, who has been stripped of his seat on the nation's Politburo and as party secretary of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing.

"I am deeply concerned about the events surrounding my family, but I have no comments to make regarding the ongoing investigation," Bo Guagua, 24, a graduate student at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, wrote in a Tuesday posting. He also told the Harvard Crimson that rumors about his allegedly high-flying lifestyle were not true: "I have never driven a Ferrari," he wrote.

-- McClatchy Newspapers