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Narendra Modi, shown here at an April 5 campaign rally, was ostracized by the United States for more than a decade. As it became increasingly clear in recent months that he was likely to become India's next leader, the U.S. and European countries began reaching out to him.

Why The U.S. Shunned The Man Who Will Now Lead India

Until a few months ago, the U.S. government was effectively boycotting Narendra Modi, the man who is virtually certain to be India's next prime minister following the landslide victory by his party in the country's parliamentary elections.

So will the U.S. now warm to Modi as the elected leader of the world's largest democracy?

Before answering that, let's look at why Washington refused to deal with him.

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Medicare Eases Restrictions On Pricey Hepatitis C Treatment

Federal Medicare officials are embracing medical guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C that could result in tens of thousands of older Americans getting access to expensive new drugs that can cure the deadly infection.

This policy change would pay for treatment with a combination of new, expensive drugs for patients who haven't responded to older treatment regimens and are approaching or have cirrhosis of the liver.

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The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of several GM models that were recalled for faulty ignition switches. The carmaker is paying a $35 million penalty.

GM Will Pay $35 Million Fine Over Massive Safety Recall

The Department of Transportation is ordering General Motors to pay a record $35 million civil penalty for its handling of a recall of more than 2 million vehicles for ignition switch problems. The government says GM violated federal safety laws.

The fine is part of a "consent decree" that's being announced Friday. The agreement also calls for GM to change how it handles review of safety issues.

Jack Whitlang stands in front of his aunt's home, which burned to the foundation in a wildfire in Escondido, Calif.

California Wildfires: Death Reported; More Evacuations Ordered

Wildfires have burned more than 10,000 acres of brush land and caused at least one death in San Diego County. Evacuations have continued in areas such as San Marcos, where thousands were told to leave their homes Thursday.

Some evacuation orders have been lifted in other areas, as firefighters gain control, aided by easing conditions. But some residents are returning to find burned-out shells of their homes.

Russian Rocket Fails After Launch, Breaking Up Over China

With an expensive communication satellite as its payload, a Russian Proton-M rocket broke apart during its third stage last night. The unmanned rocket failed at an altitude of 100 miles — video of the launch showed it flaring across the night sky.

The failure occurred about nine minutes after takeoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and officials say the rocket was over China at the time. There are conflicting reports about whether debris from the rocket might have hit the Earth's surface.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is poised to become India's next prime minister after his party's sweeping parliamentary victory on Friday.

Narendra Modi: From Humble Start To India's Likely Prime Minister

Narendra Modi looks almost certain to be India's next prime minister as his Bharatiya Janata Party headed toward a landslide victory Friday in India's just-concluded parliamentary elections.

Modi is praised for the strong economic growth in Gujarat state, where he has been chief minister since 2001. But religious riots there in 2002 are a dark cloud over his legacy.

Here are some things to know about Modi.