Get rid of the ads on the sides of the screen, they slow down the page considerably, making it unusable
The ads on the sides of the screens on yahoo news (and sports) slow down the page considerably and make it difficult to scroll up and down, rendering the site useless to me while you have those ads (such as Livestrong at the moment). I don't mind ads but when they make it so I can't look at your articles then you're clearly driving traffic away from the site
I have kept a list of ads that cause navigation troubles for several years, and your advertisers are now on it.
I boycott all products on the list. Publisher's Clearinghouse is now at the top of the list.
So much for your site making money.
Prohibit the ads from resizing the spaces reserved for them, from taking over the navigation controls, and from scrolling the page up and down.
The ads make the screen jump up and down and prevent scrolling, making it hard to read the news.
Their advertising partners would beg to differ on your comment "clearly driving traffic away", this is how the site makes money.