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HAWAII

Agent charged in killing was in Hawaii for APEC

HONOLULU — A federal agent charged with killing a man inside a McDonald’s restaurant in Waikiki was in Hawaii to help with security at this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, officials said Monday.

Christopher Deedy, 27, a State Department special agent, is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Mr. Deedy, who was released Monday after posting $250,000 bail, is accused of fatally shooting Kollin Elderts, 23, of Kailua during a confrontation early Saturday at a McDonald’s in the famous tourist district.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed that Mr. Deedy was in Honolulu to beef up security ahead of the APEC conference, which begins Tuesday. The agent has been put on paid administrative leave.

Mr. Deedy was assigned to “support protection of dignitaries” at the meeting, Ms. Nuland said.

President Obama and leaders of 21-member economies from the Asia-Pacific region are scheduled to attend the summit, which the U.S. is hosting for the first time since 1993.

NEVADA

Managers’ actions blamed for mine deaths

RENO — Two Nevadans were killed in a mining accident partly because someone wedged a broom handle against a reset button to bypass an alarm that would have shut down the system, federal safety investigators said.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday that managers of Barrick Goldstrike’s Meikle Mine are responsible for the August 2010 accident in Carlin that killed Daniel Noel, 47, and Joel Schorr, 38.

The two Spring Creek men were struck by a pipe that gave way in a ventilation shaft because it was clogged with excessive waste rock material.

MSHA said the pipe overfilled because the broom handle kept the loading system from tripping off. The agency blames managers for failing to ensure the safe operation, inspection and maintenance of the mine.

MSHA issued Toronto-based Barrick six safety violations as a result of the accident. MSHA terminated the last of the safety orders stemming from those violations on June 21 after Barrick constructed a new aggregate delivery system that eliminated the hazards, the agency said.

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