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NEW YORK — A brawl involving cricket bats and small swords at a Sikh temple in New York City has led to riot and assault charges against seven people.

Police said the defendants interrupted prayer services at the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center in Queens on Sunday. They were arraigned Monday.

Temple president Jamail Singh told the Daily News that the fight was instigated by a dissident group of followers who are opposed to opening up membership.

OHIO

High radiation levels prompt nuke inspection

CLEVELAND — High radiation levels recorded at a nuclear reactor in northeast Ohio have prompted a special inspection by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Workers at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant immediately evacuated on April 22 when radiation levels rose while the plant was in the process of shutting down for a refueling outage, the commission said Tuesday. Plant officials do not think workers were exposed to radiation levels “in excess of NRC limits,” the commission said.

“The plant is in a safe condition, and there has been no impact to workers at the plant or members of the public from this issue,” the commission said in a statement.

NRC investigators began inspecting the plant on Monday. The investigation will determine whether worker performance may have contributed to the incident and evaluate the level of radiation exposure to workers.

From wire dispatches and staff reports