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Talking Points: Valentine facts, papal retirement home, pricey tomatoes

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How big a deal is Valentine's Day?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans bought some $13.5 billion in chocolate and cocoa products and imported $365,453,189 in cut roses in 2011, the latest year for which data areavailable. Thhese are annual figures,but a lot of that was spent celebrating the nation's most romantic holiday -- and to good effect. As of last year, nearly 69 percent of Americanshad been married at least once in their life, and 6.2 percent of women (according to 2009 figures) had been married for at least 50 years. Still looking for that special someone? As of 2007 there were 393 dating services available to help you out.

Will Pope Benedict XVI still live in the Vatican after he retires?

The pope is moving to a monastery on the northern edge of the Vatican gardens. The newly renovated building is located on the site of a former residence for the Vatican's gardeners and, until October, housed a group of cloistered nuns. When the pope leaves his position his title will also change, most likely to "Bishop of Rome, emeritus" and, as in the case of popes who died in office, the papal ring he uses to seal documents will be smashed.

How much have U.S. buyers overpaid for tomatoes?

According to federal prosecutors,food companies paid more than $2 million too much for tomatoes as the result of price fixing -- an expense likely passed on to consumers. The companies plunked down the extra millions for tomatoes bought from SK Foods after their buyers received thousands of dollars in bribes. Frederick Scott Salyer, the head of SK Foods, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison and three years probation for the price-fixing scam and ordered to forfeit at least $3.25 million held in foreign bank accounts.

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