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A Virginia couple is giving away their $600,000 Rock Spring farm in an essay contest. The 35-acre hobby farm in Essex County, Virginia, nearly 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., has been lovingly maintained for the last 20 years by Randy Silvers, but according to a blog post by his wife, Carolyn Berry, he became "quite agitated and angry" when she broached the topic of selling it: "He denied what was quite apparent to me—an aging body no longer could maintain the farm in the pristine condition it had been for 20 years." They hope to receive at least 5000 essays for the Rock Spring Farm Essay Contest at an entry fee of $200 each, which the couple will use to pay off their mortgage, handle taxes, establish a college fund for grandkids, and invest in their retirement. — The Blaze

Thirty-five of Bill Cosby's alleged victims lined up for a photo on the front cover of the latest New York magazine. The accused, including supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, posed for individual photographs and were interviewed by New York, detailing their personal accounts of the abuse. “I’m no longer afraid,” said Chelan Lasha, who came forward late last year to say that Cosby had drugged her when she was 17. “I feel more powerful than him.” — New York Magazine 

Slash sold off some of his prized possessions and donated the money to charity. The rock icon auctioned off hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of items, including a 1966 Corvette Stingray, for $110,000, and the guitar he played at the Super Bowl, for $100,000. Slash donated the money to Los Angeles Youth Network, which helps teenagers suffering from drug addiction and homelessness. — Slash

Airlines will need to hire 558,000 pilots to keep up with the surge in travel demand over the next 20 years. According to a Boeing Co. forecast, a $5.6 trillion jet shopping spree is also needed, which works out to about 28,000 new aviators a year. The report predicts a need for 4% more pilots than in its 2014 assessment. Asia-Pacific countries will account for about 40% of the total, and a growing middle class is poised to send the region past North America as the top aircraft market. — Bloomberg

The Chinese police shut down a factory making $19 million worth of fake iPhones. Disguised as a gadget maintenance company, the counterfeit ring made and exported more than 41,000 fake iPhones, some of which were sold in the U.S. Allegedly, ringleaders bought secondhand and fake parts with Apple logos from the manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, and then hired hundreds of workers to reassemble them on six production lines. When some of the fake iPhones were discovered in the U.S., local authorities alerted Chinese authorities. — Fortune

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