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we will bring you live coverage. that is on our 6:00 news cast. >> hope to see you then. tonight, a nation captivated by a historic event in the sky. >> oh, my gosh. i just wish it could just last forever. >> day suddenly turns to night as a spectacular solar eclipse mesmerizes millions from coast to coast. disaster at sea. another crash involving a u.s. navy destroyer in the pacific. ten american sailors missing. war plan. president trump addresses the nation on america's mission in afghanistan. are more troops headed into harm's way? courthouse ambush. a gunman opens fire on a judge. the judge firing back and survives. tonight, the suspect's connection to a case that made national headlines. and under pressure. doctors sound the alarm about a silent condition hitting a growing number of kids. "nightly news"
begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, todd our viewers in the west. thanks for being with us. things were looking up all across america today as the united states found itself in a celestial sweet spot, a front row seat for a total solar eclipse that swept its shadow from oregon to south carolina in just 90 minutes. there were cheers and some tears of joy as day turned to twilight in its direct path and eclipsed pilgrims who traveled from far and wide to experience the moment from just the right places even in the sky aboard a special eclipse flight were rewarded for their efforts. our team was on hand to witness it all. tom costello starts our coverage from south carolina. hi, tom. >> reporter: hi, lester. what a day. millions of people from west coast to
east mesmerized by the celestial event. and you know, the last time we had a total eclipse move across the country was 99 years ago. as one former astronaut said today, these are the days, these are the events when you realize how small we all are in space and time. it didn't matter where you were for the total eclipse, the reactions seemed universal. awestruck, elation, magical, communal, even tearful. >> what a great memory it is. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: first, the countdown, then the show stopper. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: the crowds were enormous, from the oregon coast to casper, wyoming. >> i'm seeing like a moon -- the sun. >> reporter: carbondale, illinois, to washington, d.c., where the president first looked at the sun without eclipse glasses before an aide urged him to put them on. from tennessee to south carolina. >> it's just been incredible just to
watch it. it's just like oh, my gosh. >> reporter: for thousands gathered at the "uss yorktown" in charleston harbor, hoping, even praying, that the day's clouds would part. then at the last possible moment it happened. >> this is a spectacular show. you couldn't ask for better. we're getting to see the moon and its interaction with the sun quite clearly despite a little cloud cover. >> it was just the most spectacular thing i've ever seen in my life. >> reporter: did it live up to expectations? >> absolutely. amazing. >> reporter: for the people who looked up that brief moment of totality will last a lifetime. >> seeing totality even if it was only for a few seconds made it worthwhile. very happy. >> reporter: back in charleston where georgia cub scout pack 650 had spread out on the deck of the "yorktown" taking it all in, 8-year-old ryan elwood made sure to bring his stuffed dog patrick along. >> because he likes to maybe fall asleep when it's dark, and i like when i get to fall asleep.
and i just like it. >> reporter: it was, quite simply, one of life's special moments you just had to share with someone you love. tom costello, nbc news, charleston. i'm miguel almaguer in madras, oregon, where the moment the nation had been waiting for -- >> there's the diamond ring. there's the ring. >> reporter: -- proved surreal. 100,000 people flooded the fields of this small farm town to experience the extraordinary. under perfectly clear skies, madras became one of the first cities to fall beneath the blanket of darkness, an epic view. you no longer need these safety glasses. people are cheering. we have been told that it's a spiritual moment, a hair-raising moment. it is certainly that. the barron family drove six hours from seattle. >> my heart kind of started pounding and felt like it was stopped, and i felt chills. >> reporter: spectators came from
around the globe. history on the horizon. >> all that it was cracked up to be. you got to see one. >> reporter: it's been said no other event in nature can eclipse this. >> with this ring -- >> with this ring -- >> reporter: under the stars and planets michael and julie kasten were married today. >> you may kiss your bride. >> reporter: exchanging vows during the so-called diamond ring, the first few seconds after totality. >> here it comes, diamond ring. diamond ring! >> reporter: a moment they will never forget, and one millions of others -- >> this is so beautiful. >> reporter: -- will treasure forever. >> man. >> reporter: 12 million people lived in the path of the total eclipse. 7 million more, including many of the people out here, worked their way into it. as tom mentioned, it's been nearly a hundred years since an eclipse like this, and it will be another 38 until we get something similar here in the u.s. lester? >> quite a day. miguel almaguer for us
tonight. thank you. we turn now to another major story. the urgent search for ten american sailors missing at sea after the "uss john mccain" collided with a massive oil tanker off singapore last night. and new tonight, the navy has now ordered an investigation looking into the performance of its entire pacific fleet as it pauses operations worldwide. nbc's janis mackey frayer is in singapore with more. >> reporter: tonight, once again, a frantic search at sea for missing u.s. sailors. ten unaccounted for after the "uss john s. mccain" was struck by a tanker, the destroyer gashed, dented and listing. navy officials now ordering a temporary halt to their entire operations to figure out why two incredibly sophisticated navy ships have collided with other vessels in just two months. >> chief of naval operations broader inquiry will look at
all related accidents, incidents at sea. >> reporter: it happened in the darkness. 5:24 a.m. local time. the "uss mccain" passing east of the busy strait of malacca on its way to singapore, colliding violently with a larger 600-foot oil and chemical tanker. the "uss mccain" taking on water including flooding inside the rooms where crew members sleep. the crash bears haunting similarities to another collision involving another destroyer from the seventh fleet. in june, the "uss fitzgerald" hitting a cargo ship off the coast of japan. seven sailors killed, the ship flooded. the commander, who was in his cabin, found seriously injured hanging from the side of the ship. he was relieved of duty. with two other incidents this year, there are urgent questions tonight about readiness and training. >> this is probably a systemic problem of some kind.
the navy has to conduct a serious period of soul searching here to understand what is going so terribly wrong with our ships at sea. >> reporter: this is all happening at a critical time. the crash takes a second u.s. guided missile destroyer out of action with tension over north korea at a high. the primary focus for now here, of course, is the search for those ten sailors who are still missing. lester? >> janis mackey frayer in singapore, thank you. tonight president trump will talk to the nation in prime time unveiling what the white house is calling the path forward in afghanistan. the president, who previously advocated for an immediate withdrawal while barack obama was president, may be about to send thousands more american troops to afghanistan, where u.s. forces have now been for 16 years. we have it all covered starting with nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: lester, this is president trump's first major primetime policy address, and it comes as polls show his approval rating is sagging. with this announcement tonight, mr. trump
becomes the third president to take on the war in afghanistan, a conflict he now owns. with the taliban and terror groups gaining ground in afghanistan, defense department officials tell nbc news the president may not get specific about troop levels, but they say as many as 4,000 could be sent with a strong presence from the cia and special forces adding to the 8400 who are already there. >> if you look at a map of afghanistan, the taliban has made enormous gains in the last couple of years. >> i think the answer is we want to be invested in afghanistan, i mean, to kind of put it bluntly, so what happens in afghanistan stays in afghanistan. >> reporter: the president gave his defense secretary, james mattis, the authority to determine the number of u.s. forces needed, but mr. trump made the final decision. >> the process was rigorous. >> reporter: it all marks a major shift for a president who campaigned as a noninterventionist. >> the people opposing us are the same people who we've -- and think
of this -- who have wasted $6 trillion on wars in the middle east. >> reporter: and even before the campaign, tweeting in 2013, do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in afghanistan through 2024, with all costs by usa. make america great. now president trump grappling with many of the same issues in afghanistan that ensnared his predecessors. >> that's in some ways eerily similar to vietnam is, you can't get out. if you get out, the situation gets worse. and that's the challenge facing mr. trump as well as his predecessors. >> reporter: a war that stretched nearly two decades and claimed more than 2,000 american lives. kristen welker, nbc news, the white house. i'm richard engel. just after 9/11, the u.s. went to war in afghanistan. the taliban there was sheltering osama bin laden. within months the taliban was defeated and al qaeda driven
out. 16 years later, the taliban is resurgent and the afghan government only controls about half the country. and there's a new player, too. isis. it doesn't control much land, but it's aggressive and, unlike the taliban, which wants to govern again, isis has shown no concern for killing civilians. like most of the more than 100 people killed by a truck bomb in kabul's diplomatic quarter last may, or the patients and staff at a kabul hospital who hid on window sills as isis gunmen went on a room-to-room killing spree. back in 2009 president obama tried a surge of 33,000 troops. in april the u.s. military dropped the 21,000-pound so-called mother of all bombs against an isis tunnel complex, but little changed. >> i don't think we're going to get a military victory in afghanistan. i think what you might see is the opposition would simply fade away, the taliban would disappear.
they would blend back into the population. >> reporter: adding more troops, analysts say, may help prevent state collapse in afghanistan, but it's unlikely to significantly alter the course of america's longest war and one that's long been an after-thought. richard engel, nbc news. president trump addresses the nation on afghanistan tonight at 9:00 eastern time, 6:00 pacific. we'll have live coverage here on nbc. overseas today authorities in spain say they shot and killed a man suspected of driving the van in that deadly terror attack in barcelona claimed by isis. the tip apparently came from people who spotted him at a train station. police say they now believe the cell behind the attack has been broken. eight suspected members killed and four now in custody. now to a warning from the director of the u.s. secret service who says his agency's resources are pushed so far to the limit, it is running into trouble paying agents as they carry out their duty to protect president trump's large and
often mobile family. though it's a problem, he says, that's been building long before now. nbc's peter alexander explains. >> reporter: they are the first line of defense with no room for error, but the secret service now says by year's end, roughly 1100 agents, already putting in brutally long hours, will not be getting paid for that extra work. they're being stretched thin in part by president trump's frequent travel, spending nearly every weekend since his inauguration at his properties in florida, new jersey and virginia. agents are now protecting 42 people including 18 trump family members, with their jet-setting lifestyle, business and pleasure. tiffany trump lounging on a yacht in italy, eric trump's uruguay trip. costing americans nearly $100,000 for agents' hotel rooms alone. the secret service director, tex alles, tonight saying it's an ongoing issue that cannot be attributed to the current administration's protection requirements alone. earlier telling "usa
today," the president has a large family and our responsibilities required in law. i can't change that. i have no flexibility. >> you need to have fresh well-trained agents available for protection, which is going to take a toll in terms of morale on the agents. >> reporter: by law those agents can't make more than $160,000 in salary and overtime. the agency's now working with congress on a financial fix to better support the president's elite protective force. peter alexander, nbc news, the white house. >> still ahead tonight, the judge ambushed on the way to his courthouse. the surprising connection between the suspected shooter and an infamous case that made headlines across the country. also, a new warning about the alarming rise in high blood pressure among a group you may not expect, american children. stay with us.
we're back now with a judge hospitalized after he was injured in an ambush shooting on his way to work today at a courthouse in steubenville, ohio. that same town, you may recall, made headlines in 2013 when two high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl. late today police revealed a startling connection between that case and this morning's ambush. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> we've got gunfire. >> reporter: it was an ambush, police say, right outside this courthouse in steubenville, ohio. >> you have a judge shot in front of his
courthouse. and that affected me. >> reporter: authorities say judge joseph bruzzese was walking from his car to work around 8:00 this morning when a man ran up and started shooting. the judge returned fire with his own weapon, so did a probation officer nearby. >> we need an ambulance down here. we've got a man down. >> reporter: the judge survived. the suspect was hit three times and killed. >> thank god that he's not that good a shot. >> shame on you! >> reporter: in 2012 steubenville drew national attention for a high-profile rape case involving high school football players. in a bizarre twist, the suspect in this shooting, nathaniel richmond, is the father of ma'lik richmond, one of the two players found guilty of that rape in juvenile court. a prosecutor in this latest case says nathaniel richmond had a criminal history, though his motive is unclear. judge bruzzese was not involved in the previous rape case. >> there's absolutely no reason to believe that there's any
connection whatsoever between ma'lik richmond and the actions of his father today. >> reporter: tonight the judge is out of surgery and his condition is stable, as investigators piece together what led to a mysterious ambush. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. we'll take a short break and be back in a moment with the surprising number of children suffering from high blood pressure. the new guidelines you and parents need to know.
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>> i always felt like my heart was racing. i also thought, oh, high blood pressure is for like when you're old. >> reporter: that common misconception all the more reason today's new screening guidelines are so important. >> the increase in the prevalence of hypertension in kids i think is really driven by the rising prevalence of childhood obesity. >> reporter: the new guidelines recommend pediatricians check blood pressure every year starting at age 3. younger if a child was born premature which increases the risk of hypertension. ask parents about the family history. suggest better diet and exercise first. if that fails, medication may be necessary. while being overweight is just one sign a child may have high blood pressure, doctors stress many body types can develop the condition and without warning. >> hypertension is often called the silent killer. and most children with high blood pressure don't have any symptoms at all. >> reporter: since her diagnosis and with regular monitoring, cheyenne lost 60 pounds, is off all
blood pressure medication and making the most of summer on her family's farm. >> she has life goals now. and it's exciting to see her planning her future. she's a joy. >> reporter: high blood pressure can do so much harm to growing bodies, put extra stress on the heart and other organs including the brain. that's why it's important to diagnose early on. lester, the unfortunate reality now it's no longer thought of as just an adult disease. >> thanks very much. when we come back how the event of the summer brought america together to witness history. we'll be right back. together.
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our country, deeply divided on so many issues, unified. >> but this is something you sit down at the dinner table tonight with your family and talk about. >> definitely a great distraction from all the nonsense you see on a daily basis. >> reporter: in a moment of darkness, a light went off. democrats and republicans sat side by side and set politics aside. >> there's more that we love than what we hate, right? don't you agree? >> i agree with that. and we share the planet earth. >> democrats, republicans, but we're all one. >> reporter: as the moon blocked the sun, not only did the temperature drop from 108 to 94 but so too did the heated arguments about politics and race. >> even with everything that's going on, you got all different type of faces and people out here that came together for this moment. it is incredible. >> reporter: one nation indivisible under one sun and moon. kerry sanders, nbc news, carbondale, illinois. >> pretty exciting day today. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us.
that is "nightly news" for this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. we )re just minutes awaym we're just minutes away from president trump's address to the nation. we want to show you a live like at the fort meyer. thanks for being with us. i am raj mathai. >> and i am jessica aguirre. first, here is what is making headlines locally in the bay area. a rapper shot, someone opened fire at keak da sneak. currently in the hospital in
critical condition. also, where did you watch the solar eclipse darkened the skies here in town as thousands of us viewed this rare sight. another live look at fort meyer. >> here is lester holt. >> good evening, we are coming on the air because president trump is about to address the nation on afghanistan. he is about to address the crowd fathered at fort myer military base. maybe about to announce he is sending more american troops there. currently about 8400 americans serving there down from a peak of 100,000. tonight's