Great news for people who like the idea of drinking coffee but don't actually enjoy coffee itself, Starbucks has announced plans to release a new flavor and, with it, another opportunity to exercise seasonal dominance a la pumpkin spice. Yes, the chestnut praline latte will be released nationwide on November 12, which ought to excite anybody who actually knows what chestnuts taste like, and provided they actually like the taste. The drink, which is associated with coffee only because it comes from a company who claims to serve coffee, was already tested in select markets and is now ready to join the Peppermint Mocha and the Gingerbread Latte and Starbucks' Christmas drinks. Yo ho ho hum ... Discuss

An interesting legal wrinkle in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has drawn the national microscope after Donald and Evelyn Knapp—two ordained ministers who run a wedding chapel called the Hitching Post—moved for a temporary restraining order to be brought against an antidiscrimination ordinance.

Essentially, Idaho has banned discrimination against same-sex couples. That ordinance makes an exception for religious institutions like churches, but the Hitching Post is a for-profit business—which means the Knapps could be committing a misdemeanor by refusing to marry same-sex couples. “If you turn away a gay couple, refuse to provide services for them, then in theory you violated our code and you’re looking at a potential misdemeanor citation,” Warren Wilson with the Coeur d’Alene City Attorney’s Office said.

The Knapps are saying such a law is unconstitutional—and most law experts seem to agree with them. Eugene Volokh, who teaches free speech law, religious freedom law and church-state relations law at UCLA, writes in The Washington Post that "Whatever interests there may be in equal access to jobs, to education, or even in most public accommodations, I don’t see how there would be a “compelling” government interest in preventing discrimination in the provision of ceremonies, especially ceremonies conducted by ministers in chapels" ... Discuss

Following a firestorm of controversy, officials in Houston have revised a subpoena issued to several pastors seeking to find out if they made statements related to recently-passed legislation. However, the details of the revisions are still drawing some questions from critics of the move.

Here’s how it all started: A few months ago, Houston’s City Council passed “H.E.R.O.”, an anti-discrimination ordinance that contained specific protections for members of the LGBT community. A handful of local religious leaders objected to elements of the measure, and several groups sought to repeal H.E.R.O. More than 50,000 signatures were collected to have the repeal included on a ballot. After the city attorney determined that a portion of the signatures were invalid (even though only 17,000 were required), they were disregarded out, and the people who collected them sued the city. In response, Houston officials issued a subpoena to five pastors to see if they improperly instructed congregants to collect signatures. It sought, “All speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuals, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”

Critics of the subpoena called it an infringement on religious liberty and an attack on free speech. The city however, said that their intention was simply in response to the lawsuit, and was issued to determine if pastors had acted illegally by getting church members to collect signatures. On Friday, the subpoena was revised, nixing the word “sermon” and narrowing the overall scope to require, “All speeches or presentations related to HERO or the Petition prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.” Critics of the move, however, still appear to be unsatisfied with subpoena’s revision ... Discuss

The Centers for Disease Control may have some explaining to do. On Wednesday, the CDC’s director, Tom Freiden, told reporters that nurse Amber Vinson—who helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who died from Ebola after traveling back to Dallas from Liberia—should not have taken a commercial airline flight earlier this week. Vinson herself has just tested positive for the virus. However, Freiden’s statement directly contradicts new revelations that Vinson was in contact with the CDC, who told her it was OK to take the Frontier Airlines flight to Cleveland on Monday. There’s also this: The CEO of the airline sent a letter to employees explaining,

At 1:55 p.m. MDT (Wednesday) Frontier was notified by the CDC that the passenger may have been symptomatic earlier than initially suspected; including the possibility of possessing symptoms while onboard the flight.

That means that even though the CDC initially told the public that Vinson didn’t have symptoms of Ebola during the flight, they are now telling the airline something different.

Though her fever was still low enough during the flight that it wasn’t technically classified as symptomatic, the CDC still told the public and the airline two opposite messages. Frieden told reporters, “Although she did not report any symptoms and she did not meet the fever threshold of 100.4, she did report at that time she took her temperature and found it to be 99.5.” Vinson is currently in Atlanta receiving treatment. Though the CDC says that it is very unlikely that Vinson spread Ebola, they are in the process of contacting the 132 fellow passengers to determine their individual risks ... Discuss

Warning: This news is only for those readers with the most resilient of stomachs. Fast food chain Taco Bell is testing an all-new, Sriracha-infused menu in several dozens restaurants in the Kansas City area. A Sriracha Quesarito, Sriracha Nachos, Sriracha Beef Griller, as well as, a Sriracha Grande Scrambler—for brave souls who want to consume both Tex Mex and Sriracha sauce for breakfast—are among the new items. The offerings are currently only available in the home of the Royals, so if you want to try them for yourself, you’re only option is a good ole fashioned Taco Bell road trip ... Discuss