Here's the latest for Wednesday, December 16: Biden picks Buttiigieg for Transportation secretary; Florida nursing home residents get vaccine; Refugees from fighting in Ethiopia arrive in Sudan; Spanish church's Nativity scene honors frontline workers.
CHRIS HAVLIK: This is AP News Minute. President-Elect Joe Biden has selected Pete Buttigieg to lead the US Department of Transportation. If confirmed, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post.
Nursing homes around Florida began inoculating their residents and staff against COVID-19 on Wednesday. One of the first to get the vaccine was 88-year-old Vera Leip, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and others looked on.
The United Nations says 50,000 people have arrived in Sudan since fighting erupted across the border in Ethiopia on November 4th. The UN is working to open another camp along the border and estimates that up to 200,000 people could arrive in the next six months.
A church in Madrid is dedicating its annual Nativity scene to frontline workers who have kept Spain on its feet during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nativity at the St. Anthony Church includes toy figures of police officers, street cleaners, airline personnel, and hospital workers. Chris Havlik, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.