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Thursday
Jan172013

Google Is Still the Best Place to Work

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fortune's annual list of the 100 best companies to work for is out. There's a familiar name at the top of the list, and many are hiring.  
 
For the second year in a row, Google is America's best place to work, according to Fortune. This the fourth time overall Google's been at the top of the list.  

Number two is the software developer, SAS Institute, in North Carolina. Followed by Utah's CHG Healthcare at number three, the highest ranking ever for a healthcare provider.  

Sixteen of the top 100 companies, including Google, are based in California. Texas has 13. And altogether, the companies on Fortune's list say they're looking to fill nearly 67,000 jobs.  

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Tuesday
Sep182012

$7 Million in Gold Discovered in Dead Man’s Home

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CARSON CITY, Nev.) -- A California woman may have a multi-million-dollar fortune headed her way after authorities found an estimated $7 million worth of gold coins in her recluse cousin’s home.

Walter Samasko Jr., 69, died in May due to heart problems and was not discovered until June, when neighbors complained of a bad smell coming from his house.

Samasko lived in Carson City, Nev., a city about 30 miles south of Reno.

When authorities went to clean out his home, they found boxes of gold coins in his home and garage.

“He was quite a hoarder. He had boxes and boxes and boxes of things,” Carson City Clerk Alan Grover told ABC News. Grover said there were many containers of food and cans.

Grover said the coins were in boxes marked “books.” There were also coins wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in ammunition boxes. There were Mexican, British and Austrian coins dating as far back as the 1870s.

There was so much gold that Grover used a wheelbarrow to carry the fortune to his truck. The coins were first moved to a bank vault and now they have been moved to armored vehicles.

Grover’s office estimated the worth of the coins at $7 million based on the amount of gold.

“We have to get it all appraised and come out with a real true figure,” he said. He added that the final figure could potentially be even larger because some of the coins might be worth more than their face value.

Samasko had no will and no immediate relatives.  He was cremated and the remains were flown to Chicago to join his mother, who died in 1992.

Using the funeral attendance list from Samasko’s mother’s funeral, Grover tracked down Arlene Magdanz, Samasko’s first cousin in San Rafael, Calif., who will most likely inherit the fortune.

Magdanz’s daughter Leslie Magdanz declined to comment.

“I don’t have any comment on this matter,” she told ABC News. When asked if her mother had any comment, Leslie Magdanz said, “She does not.”

Grover said it could take several months for the fortune to be turned over to Magdanz.

Samasko had only $200 in the bank at the time of his death, according to the Las Vegas Sun, but had stock accounts totaling in $165,000 and had been living off of his investments.

Grover said one of his first thoughts upon seeing the thousands of coins was, “What was a guy like this doing with his kind of money in just a regular house?”

He described the house as a small, 1970′s three-bedroom home of about 1,200 square feet with orange shag carpeting.

“There were no antiques, no crystal or family jewelry or anything like that,” Grover said. “You would never have suspected the guy would have that much … he certainly didn’t live that way.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul252011

Amy Winehouse's Fortune: Who Gets It Now?

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Candles, heartfelt notes and even bottles of wine and liquor lie outside the home where Amy Winehouse lived. As crowds of fans pay their tribute to a British music sensation gone too soon, the death of the 27-year-old continues to perplex those closest to her.

"We're devastated, and I'm speechless," said Mitch Winehouse, Amy's father, to the group of media and fans that had gathered outside the house Monday morning. "Amy was about one thing, and that was love. Her whole life was devoted to her family and friends, and to you guys as well."

As questions abound regarding the cause of the troubled singer's death, there is also a big question about where Winehouse's vast fortune will go. Winehouse was estimated to be worth between $15 million to $30 million, and many are wondering whether she left anything to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, or if anything is owed to him.

The tumultuous relationship between Winehouse and Fielder-Civil was made known through the singer's lyrics, their public displays of affection and their frequent drug use. The "Rehab" singer once reportedly carved the words "I love Blake" onto her stomach using a shard of glass.

Though the two were legally married in 2007, their 2009 divorce could be the reason Blake may not get anything at all. Solicitor Julius Brookman, a partner at U.K. firm Brookman Solicitors, said that according to U.K. law, even if Winehouse left something to her husband in a will, it would be rendered null and void after a divorce. "So unless the will indicates that Blake Fielder-Civil was to inherit anything despite the divorce, he gets nothing," Brookman wrote in an email to ABC News.

However, if Winehouse supported Blake while she was alive, he could possibly get something. Under the Inheritance Provisions for Dependents Act, courts can make orders to continue support to someone who depended on a deceased person.

If the singer's estate doesn't go to Fielder-Civil, it is still unclear who it will go to. Brookman said it all depends on her will, and whether she even had one in the first place. In the event Winehouse did not, her wealth, under British law, would be divided among family members.

Toxicology results from Winehouse's autopsy, which was performed Monday, were reportedly inconclusive.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jan242011

Jobs Galore: Top Employers Have Thousands of Openings

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As part of Fortune's annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, the magazine profiles 25 companies that have openings for 700 or more new hires each -- a total of 137,000 jobs. All told, the top 100 firms on the magazine's list have 150,000 openings.

These include high-paying jobs, jobs with great perks and others just plain wacky.

Though many of the openings are high-tech, traditional industries are hiring, too. Wegmans Food Markets, for example, has current openings for 2,000. The company ranks No. 3 on Fortune's list overall. The chain plans to open three new stores in 2011, with jobs in customer service, manufacturing and distribution. They're also hiring chefs. Kevin Stickles, Wegman's vice president of human services, says, "We look for people who smile, are enthusiastic, eager to learn and in turn want to teach others."

Data storage company NetApp, No. 5 on Fortune's list, has openings for 2,500. All kinds of jobs are open, but the company especially needs engineers and sales people. Software engineer is the job title with the most openings (350). NetApp's director of global staffing tells Fortune she is looking for people who have shown an ability to go above and beyond what's expected and who will feel comfortable working in a collaborative culture. She urges anyone thinking of applying to do their homework by acquiring an understanding of NetApp's product lines, culture and history.

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