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Fighting to Let Papa's Cats Roam Free in Key West

When American literary giant Ernest Hemingway took his own life in 1961, he left the world a rich legacy, including some classic novels, a reputation for drinking and womanizing and a six-toed pet cat named Snowball.

That cat's descendants now run free at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla., and museum officials are fighting to keep it that way.

Linda Mendez of the Hemingway Home talks with Alex Chadwick about the legal battle against efforts by federal authorities to cage the cats.

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