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TROPICAL STORM Chris strengthened into Hurricane Chris on Friday, turning on a northwesterly course away from the Caribbean islands, said forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Fla. . . . MOURNERS streamed past seven little white caskets of children killed in a house fire in Carbondale, Ill., as the woman accused of leaving them alone while she went dancing collapsed during the funeral Friday. Eight children ranging in age from 5 months to 7 years were killed in the fire Sunday; one was buried Wednesday.