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This article explores the practice of reprinting old news in disguise as new news in early modern England. It traces the story of the most well-known example of this practice, an account of a woman haunted by a headless bear, alongside a number of other examples. New instances are presented, and new information about more well-known examples is offered. Conclusions are drawn about the reasons for the practice and its wider meaning for the early modern news trade. The article also adds new information on the development of the image of the headless bear itself.