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The skinny: Laid-back voted down by Russian tandem

tennis, anyone?

laid-back look voted down by russian tandem

In their matching tennis shorts, the duo looks ready to slam their way through the French Open. Except they are in Moscow, not Paris, and they are not athletes, but Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Mysterious posters put up around central Moscow showing the ruling tandem quickly got the attention of the Kremlin, which ordered them taken down Monday, Agence France-Presse reported. The posters are styled as ads for the department store TsUM, which said it knew nothing about them. The person behind the posters turns out to be a member of an art group, who told the news agency he wanted to portray the two as "fashionable and relaxed guys, who follow latest trends and enjoy a healthy lifestyle." Putin's spokesman called it "hooliganism."

SNAKES ON A TRAIN

Forget yum-yum, and run, run

These king cobras won't be offered for dinner. About 100 pounds of the venomous snakes terrified passengers on a train in the Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai when they turned up in four cloth bags under a seat, railroad official Pham Quynh said. The cobras were less frightening than they looked, though, since their mouths had been stitched shut. Security staff removed the cobras, which were likely destined for restaurants in Hanoi. Snake meat is a delicacy in Vietnam, but cobras are protected by law. Their owner apparently fled in the chaos.

will this be on a test?

No hugs during school, please

The folks who run the Quest Academy in London think high-fives, handshakes and hugs are bad for students. So they banned them, the Sun reported. The reasoning of the principal, Andy Crofts? The "no contact" rule will prevent fighting or bullying at the secondary school. For students who like high-fives and such, there's detention hall. "It's a very, very cold policy," said Sarah Hope, whose 15-year-old daughter got into trouble for giving a friend a high-five. "I think it's sad that the children are missing out on this sort of closeness."

GEEZER IS back

That's bank No. 14 and counting

The aging bank robber in California known as the Geezer Bandit is not slowing down, it seems. The bandit, described by witnesses as 60 to 70 years old, used a revolver to rob the Heritage Oaks Bank branch in Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County on Friday. The FBI said it was his 14th robbery since August 2009, most of them in San Diego County.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources

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