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The emergency meeting at EU headquarters included nations most affected by the horsemeat scandal that has swept through Europe, with millions of burgers and frozen meals recalled across the continent.

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Lexus, Porsche top vehicle dependability rankings

DETROIT (AP) â¿¿ If there's one thing you can count on, it's your car.

Vehicles are more dependable than ever, says J.D. Power and Associates. The consulting company's latest study, which measures problems experienced in the last year by owners of 3-year-old vehicles, found that reported problems fell 5 percent to the lowest level since J.D. Power began collecting this data in 1989.

Lexus, Porsche, Lincoln and Toyota owners reported the fewest problems, while Jeep, Mitsubishi, Dodge and Land Rover owners had the most.

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Want a home-cooked meal? It's in the can

NEW YORK (AP) â¿¿ There's nothing more satisfying than a home-cooked meal, especially if it comes out of a can or a pouch.

As more people try their hand at mimicking sophisticated recipes from cooking shows and blogs, food companies are rolling out meal kits and starters that make amateur chefs feel like Emeril Lagasse or Rachael Ray in the kitchen.

Call it the next generation of dinner-in-box sets like Rice-A-Roni and Hamburger Helper that were rolled out as moms flooded the workforce in the '50s, '60s and '70s. But the new kits and starters go beyond just browning meat and throwing evaporated cheese and seasonings into boiling water â¿¿ the idea is to make people feel like they're making their meals from scratch.

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The Dow Jones Industrial average shed 35.79 points to close at 13,982.91. The Standard & Poor's 500 edged up 0.90 point to 1,520.33. The index climbed as high as 1,524 during the day, the highest since November 2007. The Nasdaq composite rose 10.38 points to 3,196.88.

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