Apple hasn't issued a Safari 6 for 10.6 users, use Firefox instead as your version of Safari is vulnerable to attacks.
Also check your plug-ins for updates.
BTW on Safari 5.7.1 AOL seems to load fine, as well as in Firefox.
It's just images and text in HTML, no Javacript, Flash or other funky buisness on their main page.
Clear your Safari's cache, and if neccessary run the #12 OnyX cache cleaning routine here.