Trump wins permission for Scottish golf resort

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Donald Trump has won permission from Scotland's government to build a golf resort in a coastal area that is home to rare birds and other wildlife.

Scotland's government approved the real-estate tycoon's 1 billion pound ($1.6 billion) project Monday despite the objections of local authorities in Aberdeenshire.

It is unusual for the government to overrule the local authorities. But Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney says the resort would be a "great economic and social benefit" to the country. It is expected to create 800 jobs.

Trump says in a statement that the resort will be a "tremendous asset and source of pride for both Aberdeenshire and Scotland."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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