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ATLANTA (AP) - A Mexican man has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for multiple drug trafficking offenses over a year after police found a makeshift laboratory and 59 pounds of meth at a Georgia residence. Federal prosecutors said 47-year-old Rigoberto Fernandez-Gonzalez was sentenced last week. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in March.

ATLANTA (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to mailing false anthrax threats has been sentenced to serve two years in prison. Federal prosecutors in Atlanta said in a news release Tuesday that 50-year-old Travis Ball sent threatening letters to the State Bar of Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The letters contained a granular substance and said, "have some anthrax."

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man will avoid prison after pleading guilty to statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl he was initially charged with raping. Twenty-one-year-old Tremayne Octavious Driskell Jr., of Macon, was also charged with child molestation. As part of a plea deal, Driskell was sentenced to five years' probation. The molestation charges will be dismissed.

WASHINGTON (AP) - America's railroad is counting on an airline industry veteran to lead it through a summer of reckoning for congestion and crumbling infrastructure at its busiest station. Amtrak on Monday named former Delta Air Lines chairman Richard Anderson as its new president and CEO. He'll take charge of the government-owned railroad July 12 as it rushes to make repairs at New York's Penn Station.

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